Boston Public Library Returns Manuscripts to Italy

The Boston Public Library plans to return several historical artifacts to Italy after discovering their origins. The items include two manuscripts from the Middle Ages and a collection of works by Renaissance philosopher and scientist Bernardino Telesio. They were purchased legitimately from various rare books dealers and were kept under the stewardship of the Boston Public Library for several decades. The discovery of one item, the Mariegola della Scuola di Santa Maria della Misericordia manuscript, solves a mystery dating back […]

New York exhibit shows the work of Claudia Palmira

Selected works by Rome-based artist Claudia Palmira are on exhibit in her native New York City. The exhibit, titled “Icons/Poetics”, is showing at the Union League Club Gallery until May 31. Sixteen of Palmira’s mixed media, satin on acrylic prints are on view. Palmira, also known as Vice Chairman of the Italian Academy Foundation and editor of its Italian Journal magazine, is a New Yorker who has lived and worked in Rome since 2006, creates mixed media paintings and digital collages. With […]

Milan Exhibition Spotlights New York City

An exhibition at the Museo del Novecento and the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan focuses on depictions of New York City through the eyes of Italian artists. “New York New York. Italian Art: rediscovering America” features works by Italian artists who have used art to express their perception of the United States, and of New York City in particular. Some of the artists have lived in or traveled to New York, but others were simply inspired by their own visions of […]

Mayor of Lampedusa Receives 2017 UNESCO Prize

Giusy Nicolini, mayor of the small Italian island of Lampedusa, was awarded the UNESCO Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize on April 19, 2017. The prize is awarded to a person or organization that has made “a significant contribution to promoting, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace”. Previous winners include Nelson Mandela and Francois Hollande. Nicolini received the prize for her work in managing the refugee crisis and shared the prize with SOS Mediterranee, a refuge assistance organization. Since the early 2000’s, its proximity […]

Casa Italiana Hosts Sustainable Fashion Panel

The New York University School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) hosted leaders in the ethical fashion movement at Casa Italiana. The April 5 Panel was titled Sustainability of Ethical Fashion in our Brave New World and was the second panel of an NYUSPS-hosted initiative called Dialogues in Languages and Humanities. The panel, moderated by the founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, Simone Cipriani, focused on brands and designers making a conscious effort to reduce the fashion industry’s role in environmental degradation […]

Renzo Piano Designs Columbia University Expansion

Columbia University is set to unveil two new buildings in a campus expansion designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The new campus, located in the Manhattanville (or West Harlem) neighborhood in New York, is the university’s largest expansion in 100 years. Columbia hopes that the Manhattanville expansion will allow for a greater integration of the university and the New York City community. Piano, who designed the buildings with “the DNA of West Harlem” in mind, is a world famous architect […]

Gala Benefit Dinner Celebrates 40 years of La Scuola D’Italia

La Scuola D’Italia Guglielmo Marconi hosted a gala benefit dinner on March 24 to celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary. Founded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977, La Scuola is a Pre-K—12 bilingual school in Manhattan and is the only school in North America to offer a bilingual curriculum in English and Italian. The gala celebrated the school’s accomplishments and unique vision, as well as the achievements of successful Italian-Americans, such as honoree Mauro Porcini, Chief Design Officer […]

Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels Come to Italian TV

The bestselling novels of Italian author Elena Ferrante are set to come to life in a 32-part television series directed by Saverio Costanzo. The series, entitled “The Neapolitan Novels”, is based on the four-part book series of the same name. Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels were published between 2012 and 2015 and follow the lives of two friends from their childhood in post-World War II Naples to present day. The series, originally written in Italian, has developed a cult following internationally after […]

Washington D.C. Hosts Della Robbia Retrospective

The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. is hosting an exhibit featuring three generations of work from the famed Della Robbia family of Italian sculptors. From now until June 5th, visitors can admire the signature terra cotta sculptures of Luca Della Robbia and his proteges, Andrea and Giovanni. Born in Florence in the 15th century, Della Robbia is credited with developing the technique of terra cotta invetriata, or glazed, which he eventually passed down to his nephew, Andrea, and […]

New York and Los Angeles to Celebrate Italian Design Day

New York and Los Angeles join over 100 other cities around the world in celebrating Italian Design Day, Thursday, March 2. Initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Italian Design Day promotes Italian design at foreign offices across the world. Well-known Italian architects, critics, designers, journalists, academics, and entrepreneurs serve as “ambassadors”, participating in panels on the rich history and […]