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ART EXHIBITIONS IN FLORENCE

posted by Home In Italy on August 22nd, 2013

Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere
10am-9pm, last entry at 7pm (closed Thu)
Until October 13th. Zhang Huan – Soul and Matter. An appreciated contemporary artist gives life to works of immediate and explosive strength and power. One of the most widely used material is the incense ash of Buddhist temples.

Casa Buonarroti
Via Ghibellina, 70 – 10am-5pm (closed Tue)
Until October 21st. Antonio Canova, the beauty and the memory - 40 drawings of a great protagonist of neoclassical art.

Galleria degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi – from Tue to Sun 8.15am to 6.50pm (closed on Mondays, Christmas and the first of January)
Until November 3rd. The Great Prince – Ferdinando de ‘Medici (1663-1713), one of the leading collectors and patrons of art in the grand ducal family. The exposition shows the complexity of his interests and the novelty of his choices that conveyed in Florence, between 1600 and 1700, the bigger artists of that period.

Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi – 9am-8pm, Thu 9am-11pm (last admission one hour before closing time)
Until August 18th. The Spring of the Renaissance. The sculptures and the arts in Florence 1400-1460. The “miracle” of the Renaissance in a show that highlights the art of Sculpture. Around 140 masterpieces of the period, starting with the wooden model of the dome by Brunelleschi.

Palazzo Pitti
Piazza Pitti, 1 – 8.15am to 6.50pm (last admission 6.05pm)
Until August 31st . The Myth, the Sacred, the Portrait, paintings from the deposits of the Palatine Gallery.
Until September 15th. The dream in the Renaissance. Rêver à la Renaissance. The theme of dreams in ancient mythology and the culture of Renaissance – Palatine Gallery.

Galleria dell’Accademia
Via Ricasoli, 58 – Tue-Sun 8.15am-6.50pm (last admission 6.20pm), September Tue open until 10pm (closed on Mon)
Until December 8th. From the Lily to David. Civil Arts in Florence between the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The craftsmanship of the ancient Florentine guilds of the fourteenth century.

Medici Chapels
Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6 – 8:15am to 1:50pm (closed 1/3rd/5th Mon and 2nd/4th Sun of every month)
Until October 6th. In the splendor of the Medici. Pope Leone X and Florence. Leone X, the first pope of the Medici family, is celebrated with this exhibition at the Museum of the Medici Chapels, 500 years since his election to the papacy.

SENSATIONAL UMBRIA!

posted by Home In Italy on July 8th, 2013

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

“What is important to my work is the individual picture. What matters most is that each picture stands on its own, with its own place and feeling.”

Recently McCurry realized some exclusive pictures of Umbria, just presented in first international preview in Milan before to be exhibited at New York for the celebration of the italian culture in the USA.

The exhibition is called Sensational Umbria! and it’s the summary of design culture in Umbria.

UMBRIA JAZZ

posted by Home In Italy on June 20th, 2013

Umbria Jazz, the most famous jazz festival in Italy, is just about to start.

For 10 days (5th to 14th of July) Perugia will embrace the best of Italian and International jazz, between the Arena Santa Giuliana, the Pavone theatre, Oratorio Santa Cecilia, Piazza IV Novembre and the Carducci gardens.

The bigger scheduled events are:
Diana Krall – 5th of July
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock e Jack DeJohnette – 7th of July
the concert of John Legend – 8th of July
world première with the formidable piano Duo Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea – 12th of July

The Festival was officially born on August the 23rd, 1973, with the concerts of Aktuala and Thad Jones & Mel Lewis orchestra, in whose ranks there was a young Dee Dee Bridgewater, at the natural theatre of Villalago in Piediluco (TR).

The 2013 edition is the 40th of the Umbria jazz history.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH: SICILIAN CANNOLI

posted by Home In Italy on June 13th, 2013

SHELLS
3 /4 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 /4 cup marsala
egg white (for sealing)
oil (for frying)

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter and marsala, then knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until well mixed. Wrap the dough in Saran wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Roll out the dough very thin. Cut it into rounds using a 4 inch cookie cutter. Roll each round again until it is very thin. Roll each round around a cannoli tube, tightly, and seal with the egg white.

Fry in hot oil, turning, until golden. Drain on paper towels and let cool. Gently twist cannoli tube to remove the shell. Cool completely.

FILLING
5 cups ricotta cheese
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 orange rind, grated/zest
mini chocolate chip

Mix together (by hand with wooden spoon) all filling ingredients. Keep covered in the refrigerator until your shells are cooled, then fill the pastry bag with the filling.

Use a plain or open star tip. Insert it to the center of the shell and fill to one end, then repeat this step on the other end. Dust with the confectioners’ sugar.