Dawn of a Nation: From Guttuso to Fontana and Schifano

In America, the 1960s are generally recognized as a time of cultural and political unrest leading to a somewhat normalization of counterculture and civil disobedience. What some people do not realize is that this was not limited to America, but was experienced on an international scale. After World War II, Europe experienced an economic boom…

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Le Murate: Spazi, Urbani, Contemporanei

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Florence is a city dripping with history. If you spend one afternoon walking around aimlessly you are bound to pass through some of the most historically rich piazzas, buildings, statues and more just by chance. While many of these structures are constantly being restored in an effort to preserve their historical integrity and maintain the…

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From Botticelli to Nelli

Huddled under the replicated statue of David in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, I waited with my History of Art class for our professor to retrieve our tickets to the Galleria degli Uffizi. The excitement was palpable. Although it was far from being my first time at the Uffizi, there is always something exciting about…

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Tabernacolo delle Fonticine

Take a left from the LdM offices on Via Faenza until you reach Via Nazionale and on your right you will find the beautiful Tabernacolo delle Fonticine, a seemingly odd edifice of polished glass and ceramic glazes amidst the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. However, the fountain wasn’t always in such great condition….

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An Audio-Visual Trip

A couple of cobble-stoned steps away from the arch overlooking Piazza della Republica and you’re faced with Palazzo Strozzi: a magnificent stone edifice nestled between the polished glass of designer shops and the art deco Cinema Odeon. Constructed in the late 1400s by the Strozzi family to rival the prominence of the Medici, Palazzo Strozzi…

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When Art and Politics Collide

G. Cunsolo discussing the meaning behind his 2016 installation series “Study of a Watchguard” On Monday, November 7, a small gathering of artists and students was held in a tiny room tucked away upstairs in Palazzo Strozzi. This gathering was the second of a short series of artists’ talks directed at an elite group of…

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