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BIRTH OF A GENIUS OF ART – Urbino, Good Friday of April 6, 1483, at three in the morning

Raffaello Sanzio and his Renaissance season At this moment, when the painter of grace and beauty died, an earthquake shook Rome and a storm obscured the sun. For Giorgio Vasari, Raffaello Sanzio was fond of women and carnal delights. Marcantonio Michiel, on the other hand, narrated that on the death of the great painter from Urbino, cracks were create inside …

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QUOD TU ES EGO FUI. QUOD EGO SUM ET TU ERIS – What you are, I too was, what I am, you too will be

Monitor everyone, without respite and distraction, far from contagion This is an Author’s journey set in Italy, with a time horizon ranging from 1348 to 2021. The whole itinerary is focus on pandemics over the centuries, and on their ability to influence the mental and geographical views of vast territories. It will be a special Author’s journey, which will cross …

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FROM PLAGUE TO CORONAVIRUS – Journey into the memory of a different death

When epidemics rage in the cities, looking for infectors You have decided what to see, budget and destination, so it is time to build your trip, but add the places you want to see. If you decide to travel to Italy to create a travel itinerary to refer to, consider five places touched by the plague epidemics https://offtheshelf.com/2014/10/7-deadly-plague-books-you-should-read-before-youre-quarantined/. After returning …

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PHOTOGRAPHING DURING THE PANDEMIES – The defining photos of a pandemic: stories behind them

Keeping creativity flowing close your home From one day to the next, and this has always been the case, people have lost not only their means of subsistence, but also the certainties of their daily routines. The widespread impact of any pandemic has always hit hard, taking people’s daily lives by surprise around the world. Even the photographers have reacted, …

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WRITING, IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH – Poets who tell the pain, between skepticism and meanness

Still, new springs will return How have the recurring elements in the realities that poets and writers were experiencing, also in light of the explosion of the Black Death pandemic, been told in literature? There is a way of behaving men in the presence of fears, which Cecco Angiolieri and Franceschino degli Albizzi have lived and told, in Siena and …

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POLYPHONIC SONGS IN THE GARDEN OF LOVE – Singing polite, at the time of the Black Plague

When a pandemic changes the musical landscape In the motets of a courteous setting, he masterfully used a compositional practice based on the elaboration of the melodic and rhythmic component. Before dying in Reims in 1377, the city where he was born around 1300, a musician and poet Guillaume de Machault, in the service of the King of Bohemia John …

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GIOVANNI VENTURA, A PHYSICIAN OF THE PLAGUE – The bitter memory of terrible days

When silk streets turned into contagion routes Inside the file 443, in the historical archive of a city, a contract drawn up in 1479 between a young doctor and the public authorities of those places is still preserve today. In exchange for the monthly salary of thirty florins, as well as a comfortably furnished house in the city, Giovanni Ventura …

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WHEN FLORENTINE CULTURE FECONDED ATTITUDES – Ambrogio Lorenzetti, an artist of the fourteenth century, between Madonnas and allegories

A profound humanity, within complex allegories Widespread in Europe since 1346, the great lawn mower commonly known as the other death or black plague https://www.ilpalio.org/gabrielli_pesteigine.htm had claimed over twenty million human lives before disappearing. In 1348, due to that epidemic and just like his brother, a man named Ambrogio also died in Siena. Fearing the imminence of his death, in …

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INDIVIDUALITY AND CREATIVITY – Generating artistic innovations in Japan

Domain-specificity of creativity and Japanese people In their country, a flower represents the fragility and beauty of life. In Japanese culture, the meaning of the cherry blossom tree dates back to ancient times. As you begin your trip to Japan https://www.japan.travel/en/, it is advisable never to forget, under any circumstances, that life can be wonderfully beautiful, but also short. It …

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SOMETHING BRIGHT AND FUN – Yuki Ogura, a very prolific artist

A Japanese Modern & Contemporary artist The warmth and humanity in her work, makes she endearing to audiences. Her maiden name was Yuki Mizoguchi. Yuki Ogura http://www.artnet.com/artists/yuki-ogura/ was born in Ōtsu city (Shiga Prefecture), into a March day, in 1895. Her home-studio were located in Kamakura, where she lived to the age of 105. Her work has been offered at …

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