The amazing Tatiana Fajardo posted this painting back on Xitter (go and follow her if you don’t) and I just couldn’t let it go. The author is Alexander Davis Cooper, a British 19th-century painter born in 1820, and the painting is part of the Atkinson Art Gallery Collection. The work is dated 1867 and features […]
A Sea-Spell is a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti representing a woman playing the lyre: it was paired with a poem on the subject, and three other paintings of women engaged in various forms of artistic expressions. It’s today’s focus on my Patreon.
In Hellenistic and Roman mythology, Kyparissos was one of the many boys loved by Apollo, like Hyacinth and just as lucky. The myth of his transformation into the mourning tree is connected with either Apollo or Silvanus, with an unfortunate deer and with the endless flowing of tears. He’s today’s profile on my Patreon.
On this day in 1547, and not a moment too soon, Henry VIII dies in the Palace of Whitehall. Having killed two of his wives isn’t his only feat: during his reign, as many as 72,000 people were executed by boiling, burning at the stake, hanging, drawing and quartering, and ultimately beheading. His dissolution of […]
Overlooking Piazza della Scala in the stunning building called Gallerie d’Italia, the exhibition explores the production of Giovan Battista Moroni (1520 – 1579) with over 100 paintings and drawings, also featuring books, jewels and a piece of armour. Works from Lorenzo Lotto, Tiziano, Veronese and Tintoretto are also brought in to contextualise the work of […]
Yesterday I published an overview of this temporary display at the Museo Diocesano here in Milan. Today, as promised, I give you a piece-by-piece rundown. Ezekiel’s Vision The first quadrant is the most complex: it depicts two concentric wheels: an inner one alternates the four Evangelists with their effigies alternated to St Peter, Iudas, Jacobs […]
The new exhibition at Palazzo Reale, showcasing works by Patrizia Mussa, complements the inauguration of the new operatic season at La Scala, a theatre that makes a point of not doing anything people might like (if I see again the Dame aux Camélias I might scream). It is part of many events organized throughout the […]
When the Richard-Ginori porcelain factory first announced they were having financial troubles, my mother declared a day of mourning, and we had to order pizza. They officially declared bankruptcy in 2013 after leaving a scar in the suburban area of southern Milan, where the 1870 factory suddenly shut down, and the whole city rejoiced when […]
Kate Crawford and Ivladan Joler present us a monumental work, through the temporary exhibition Calculating Empires currently on display at the Osservatorio Fondazione Prada (Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II). It’s going to stay on for two months only (it closes on January, 29th to be precise) and I cannot urge you enough to go and visit […]
All’Osservatorio della Fondazione Prada in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele a Milano è stata inaugurata da poco una mostra chiamata Calculating Empires (Imperi Calcolatori, o Imperi del Calcolo), a cura di Kate Crawford e Vladan Joler. Kate Crawford è l’autrice di libri come Né intelligente né artificiale: Il lato oscuro dell’IA, edito in italiano dal Mulino, ed […]