Art, history and culture at the Civic Museum of Palazzo della Penna

On the ground floor of the building there is a large courtyard which leads to a series of rooms embellished with a delicate cycle of neoclassical frescoes with stories of Elena and Paris, painted by Antonio Castelletti in 1812 on the occasion of the wedding of the then owner of the building: Fabrizio Crispolti della Penna.

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‘States of Art’ at Villa Fidelia

In particular, this year there will be 20 foreign artists representing their countries, plus 40 Italian artists, coming from various regions of Italy. The exhibition includes the presence of painters, sculptors and installations. During the period of the event, collateral events of a high cultural level will be held, both inside the Villa and in the park, such as artistic performances, poetry readings, book presentations, classical music concerts, live painting and theatrical performances.

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Casentino Creative Centre, the 3Cs stand for …

The Centre is structured as an educational environment and a training space open to people of all ages, from different backgrounds and cultures. It’s a place to develop one’s sociability and exercise one’s creativity, participating in the proposed activities and enjoying this meeting place every day.The activities are very diverse in order to satisfy all different interests and needs, both for young and elderly people with whom the centre also collaborates through an active generational exchange.

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An unpublished Sanzio

Among the novelties, the scientific color reconstruction of the first documented work of Raphael, the Coronation of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, edited by Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro and Filippo Camerota, visible in the exhibition through a digital installation produced by the Museo Galileo in Florence, and the scientific account of the important restoration work, by the Central Restoration Institute (ICR), the banner of the Brotherhood of SS. Trinità, the only mobile work of the artist left in Umbria, now located at the Municipal Art Gallery of Città di Castello in the same room of the “Martirio di San Sebastiano’, by Luca Signorelli, one of the most studied artists by Raffaello in his youth. The restoration has allowed to fill some of the gaps present in the work and left ‘exposed’ in the previous intervention of 2006, always edited by the ICR.

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The Art Hotel Lucerna, a window on the world (and the Tyrrhenian Sea)

A historic and ground-breaking Riviera hotel, the Lucerna was founded in Castiglione della Pescaia in 1958 by Nello Raffi, Laura’s grandfather. In the same year, just think, that the famous Riva del Sole hotel opened. It was in 1972 that her parents Gino and Brunella started working so much there that the young Laura spent her youth here, breathing the air and life of the hotel in the management work as well as in the extraordinary ambience of encounters and acquaintances with the legendary characters of the time.

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Jutta Wilhelm Coerper – Artist and Designer

Jutta was born in Coblenz in the Rhineland in Germany during the War, and went to study art and design in Dusseldorf.  She had always dreamed of leaving Germany to travel, and spent a year abroad studying and working in Rome.  When, after 6 years of art school, the possibility to spend a period in South Africa working for a textile company presented itself, the young Jutta jumped at the opportunity. 

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Umberto Pippolini’s ‘rediscovered’ Saint Francis

Saint Francis, alter Christus. Hearing about Umberto Pippolini’s research was really exciting, if only for the depth of his voice that ignites and becomes prophetic in tone. But why is the (re) discovery of Francis’ true face in his painting so important in a symbolic sense? Certainly the nature of the question, eminently metaphysical, which interprets the human need for transcendence –  is in this image an epiphany and a revelation of Christ himself, the mystery of life in his divinity. A view that satisfies an immediate desire: the existential need to embrace the Sacred, to have a direct perception of it, albeit mediated by art: “This image of Saint Francis is faithful to the Saint, for a more intrinsic reason than a simple hypothetical sum of somatic motifs; it is because it is both an image that you see and a reflection. Francis is reflected in the face of Christ, and from this derives his own face

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Antonio Massarutto, sculptor and designer

While the wire and kinetic sculptures of Alexander Calder and the works of Picasso have been stylistic influences, Antonio has a fascination for the animal world and the natural environment. He started his artistic career making abstract sculptures, but today his creatures include familiar beasts, such as wild boar and deer, dogs, and cattle, but also more exotic rhinoceros and crocodiles. His sculptures are often made of found and recycled materials, which led him to the concept of “land art”.  For these installations, Antonio finds a spot in the mountains or countryside and constructs a sculpture from the natural materials he finds on the site.

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Rosellina Avoscan: painter, sculptor and ceramist

Rosy’s art is particularly attuned to the twin themes of social justice and the plight of refugees fleeing from war-torn countries to find a new life.  Her goal is to communicate, educate and change perceptions through her art, and her works demonstrate this compassion and empathy.  Her mixed media work “Honorum” expresses just this, and is a personal way of honoring the lives of the many refugee children who have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Cortona, a star in the hills

Since this February, the Etruscan city has featured a new high-speed connection with the large cities of Northern Italy.  The “Frecciarossa” train allows one to move between Milan and our train station in three hours and this will make visiting the city’s splendors even easier and more comfortable. The health situation is still in a difficult moment, but the city administration, together with cultural and tourism operators, has prepared a program of events to be held with complete safety in mind.  There are also a series of packages that foresee the possibility to “find refuge” together with family members in one of the fine accommodation facilities in the area.  Cortona is a small center, with a big heart and with a vast and varied territory – from mountains to gentle hills, down to the valley where some of the most interesting gastronomic wonders of Tuscany are produced.  Already, starting this Spring, in accordance with actual health conditions, exhibitions will be prepared, and the first events of the season brought into being.  The idea of choosing Cortona for your “safe harbor” away from life in the big cities is beginning to gain ground as a lifestyle choice post-Covid 19.  Already a significant number of professional people have decided to spend a part of their time here, as they continue remote working.

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