500 Years of Italian Master Drawings

500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum focuses on the renowned collection of more than 1,000 Italian drawings at the Princeton University Art Museum, which includes significant works by artists Luca Cambiaso, Guercino, and Giambattista Tiepolo, as well as masterpieces by Carpaccio, Michelangelo, and Modigliani Click here for more information
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And here a review by the NYTimes

The Pirelli Post

“The Pirelli Post is a project which is part of the five-year partnership agreement, signed by Pirelli and Princeton last October, aiming to contribute to the spread of the study of Italian history and culture via new media and new technologies [...]”
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And the Oscar goes to…

“The great beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino

“Finisce sempre così. Con la morte. Prima, però, c’è stata la vita, nascosta sotto il bla bla bla bla bla. È tutto sedimentato sotto il chiacchiericcio e il rumore. Il silenzio e il sentimento. L’emozione e la paura. Gli sparuti incostanti sprazzi di bellezza. E poi lo squallore disgraziato e l’uomo miserabile. Tutto sepolto dalla coperta dell’imbarazzo dello stare al mondo. Bla. Bla. Bla. Bla. Altrove, c’è l’altrove. Io non mi occupo dell’altrove.”

“This is how it always ends. With death. But first there was life. Hidden beneath the blah, blah, blah. It is all settled beneath the chatter and the noise. Silence and sentiment. Emotion and fear. The haggard, inconstant flashes of beauty. And then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity. All buried under the cover of the embarrassment of being in the world. Blah, blah, blah. Beyond there is what lies beyond. I don’t deal with what lies beyond.”

“Visually stunning Italian drama “The Great Beauty” won the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday, capping its successful awards season run in the United States and Europe”, from Reuter
“The Glory of Rome, the Sweetness of Life”, from the NYTimes.

Welcome to the DarkSide

Project aims to find particles of dark matter
In a laboratory under a mountain 80 miles east of Rome this fall, a Princeton-led international team switched on a new experiment aimed at finding a mysterious substance that makes up a quarter of the universe but has never been seen. From the Princeton University website
Please click here for more information on the Gran Sasso-Princeton Physics Summer School.

January 6th: W La Befana!

“The old good witch who brings candies and coal to the Italian children. Its origin and multifarious celebrations”. (from www.i-Italy.org)

« La Befana vien di notte
Con le scarpe tutte rotte
Col vestito alla romana
Viva, Viva La Befana »

In English:
«The Befana comes by night
With her shoes all tattered and torn
She comes dressed in the Roman way
Long life to the Befana!»
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Italian Futurists come to New York

“The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States, this multidisciplinary exhibition examines the historical sweep of the movement from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II. Presenting over 300 works executed between 1909 and 1944, the chronological exhibition encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance.” (from the Guggenheim Museum website)
February 21–September 1, 2014 (Guggenheim Museum)
Click here and here for more infos.
Fortunato Depero, Motociclista, solido in velocità (Biker solid at speed), 1923. Photo: 2013 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome

Fortunato Depero, Motociclista, solido in velocità (Biker solid at speed), 1923. Photo: 2013 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome

TOP TEN REASONS TO LEARN ITALIAN

Here are some that I found surfing the web:
1. Why do you think Mozart composed most of his operas in Italian rather than in German?
2. According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations) the most of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy.
3. Italy is one of the top economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including Chrysler, IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank. Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S.
4. If you like arts, music, design, architecture, opera, food, etc. this is the reference language. Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment
5. The Italian language is the closest to Latin, the common ancestor of all romance languages.
6. Italian developed from Latin and an estimated 60 percent of the English vocabulary also comes from Latin. Knowing Italian may help improve your scores in English.
7. No need of subtitles to see Fellini’s, Visconti’s and Pasolini’s movies!
8. A recent study showed that enrollment in Italian language classes at U.S. high schools and colleges is growing 15 to 20% faster than enrollment rates for Spanish, German and French.
9. Italian is recognized as one of the most beautiful spoken languages on the planet
10. Italian has the highest number of words for describing food!
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Students, what are your reasons?