Renaissance in the Workshop. Perugino Among the Greats of History, a Major Exhibition at the Civic Museum of Palazzo della Penna in Perugia

The exhibition at Palazzo della Penna chooses to offer visitors an unprecedented reading of Perugia’s story, focusing on the theme of the “artist’s workshop”, which began to take shape in the Middle Ages, in particular with the affirmation of Giotto’s art, and then consolidated, in its most typical characteristics, during the Renaissance period also thanks to Perugino, whose entrepreneurial skills are known no less than their artistic skills.

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(Golden) Flowers in Chianti

The “Vivaio Fiori nel Chianti” now extends over two different areas: the production nursery is in the Municipality of Impruneta, while the exhibition and sales nursery is located in the Municipality of Greve in Chianti, near Strada. Today, the company operates throughout the Tuscan territory even if, in Chianti, it has laid deep roots with creations of absolute importance and international patronage.

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The Gender Struggle

The ‘gender struggle’ is today the new ‘class struggle’. And its promoters have a similar cultural background: from communist egalitarianism to post-capitalist levelling is a short step. The male and female genders – now de-generated, disempowered, undefined – disintegrate and lose themselves in undifferentiated ‘consumption units’, without real life, emotionally empty, for the use of the market and its demiurges.

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Ravazzi: in the Cellar as in the Family

Today we are oriented towards the selection of mainly foreign markets and operators, wanting to consolidate the relationships already undertaken at an international level. Using a winemaking metaphor, the last decade has really made us ‘mature’ thanks to the creation of the ‘Private Collection’ which has decisively raised the target audience with high-profile wines, also dragging with it the ‘Classic’ line.

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On the Primacy of Ideal Thought

The time of the Idea, like the one of Love, is the time of what is True, Real and Rational. In fact, there is no essential, ontological truth without a sensitive and emotional consistency and, vice versa, without ideal transposition into the world of choice and possibility. As Ludwig Wittgenstein said about the limits of logic: “You cannot deny that under your desk there is a rhinoceros”.

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Casa Agricola Rossi: a Door Suspended between Tradition and Innovation

Casa Agricola Rossi was born from a long project of revaluation of a family agricultural structure started in 2016 to plan the future with new agricultural trends, while preserving the past. The style is aimed at maintaining the simplicity of the environment, adding a touch of originality and uniqueness with unused materials and objects.

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Upper Tiber Valley, ‘La Valle del Signorelli’

Over 20 museums and 11 works on display in the year of the five hundredth anniversary of the great Renaissance master: with a reduced ticket you can visit, until December 2023, “La Valle di Signorelli”, an unprecedented project between Renaissance and contemporary art thanks to the presence in the circuit of the Burri Museums in Città di Castello.

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The Spell of the Four Chains

I am with Megan and Sebastian DelBrenna in the ‘secret underground’ of Palazzo Alfieri Venuti under the vaults still covered with marsh reeds of the nearby Trasimeno—built long ago. There, amidst ethereal and graceful displays, precious treasures of artisan joy and magic are carefully preserved. An ancient wine press dating back to 1634 stands proudly in a niche, exuding power and history. The place is adorned further with vintage bottles, hinting at an elegant and joyful way of life, or as the Italians call it, ‘bella vita.’

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