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The Prada Foundation has a new venue in Milan

The Prada Foundation has just opened a new venue in the city of Milan. The osservatorio, this is the name of the new exhibition facility, is right in the heart of the city above the Prada store in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. While the main venue of the Prada Foundation in Largo Isarco, on the outskirts of the city, will be mainly focused on contemporary art the osservatorio aims at nurturing the many talents of young and new international photographers. The program of the osservatorio has recently been inugurated with an exhibit called “Give me yesterday” which includes the…

Italian renaissance meets art at museum Bagatti Valsecchi

The origin of the museum Bagatti Valsecchi dates back to the end of the nineteenth century when the Barons Fausto (Milan, 1843-1914) and Giuseppe (Milan, 1845-1934) Bagatti Valsecchi decided to renovate entirely their family house in the heart of Milan. The style the two brothers choose to refurbish what is now the museum Bagatti Valsecchi is the Neo-Renaissance style since they wanted to keeep up with what was trendy at that time: historicism. The renovation of the muesum Bagatti Valsecchi was not their only aim. While the Barons were re-designing the building they also put their major efforts in the interior decorations.…

Art in Milan: the “Artist’s shit” by Piero Manzoni

*Piero Manzoni in a picture by Giovanni Ricci The collection of the Museo del Novecento features an artwork by artist Piero Manzoni: the “Artist’s shit“. It consists of a meat can with a label that says: “Artist’s shit. Contents 30 gr net. Freshly preserved, produced and tinned in May 1961″ The same statement appears on the can in Italian, German and French and describes what the content of the can is: 30 gr of Piero Manzoni’s excrements. The whole artwork is composed by 90 of these cans which were exhibited for the first time at the Galleria Pescetto on the…

5 most shocking deaths of 2016

In 2016 the world has lost some of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. See who we lost this year: 5. Anton Yelchin Born in Leningrad the young American  actor died in an akward car accident. He got pinned between his Jeep and a pillar right in front of his house in Sudio City (California). Apparently the car rolled back because he forgot to pull the parking brake. He was only 27 years old and will be remembered for his role as Checov in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Other notable works include “Terminator Salvation” (2009),…

The devil’s column. A gateway to hell

The devil’s column On the left side of the main entrance to the basilica of Saint Ambrogio there is a white marble column with two holes. The legend says that those two holes were left by satan’s horns when he got stuck into the column while fighting with Saint Ambrogio. According to this legend, the patron saint of the city was taking a walk in the yard of the basilica when he met satan who tried to seduce him into temptation. Saint Ambrogio kicked him away and the devil got stuck in the white marble leaving those marks. The two holes…

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The subject of the Last Supper is probably one of the most depicted of all times. DaVinci’s was not the very first one but for sure he put his particular attitude in it. While the most of the paintings and frescos that portrayed these last moments of Christ’s life were concentrated on describing the moment in which Christ broke the bread, Leonardo decided to take the people’s attention a few minutes after that. The Last Super by DaVinci allows the viewer to see what happened when Jesus announced the betrayal of Judas Iscariot: “Truly I tell you, one of you…

The Madonnina: one of the three symbols of Milan

The city of Milan have had three different symbols during its history. One per each era. The beginning The Middle Ages The modern era The beginning The city of Milan has a millenial history. Founded by the Celts who, according to a legend, decided to build a new town where they saw a pig just for a half covered in hair. It was the scrofa semilanuta and that particular wild animal became the symbol of the city. It remained as a landamrk of Milan till the Middle Ages when it was replaced by the embleme of the Sforza Family. A bas-relief…

History of Milan: the beginning

The founding of Milan dates back to the end of the VII century and the beginning of the VI century before Christ and this is actually the only fact that we know for sure. There are a few legends and myths about the founding of the city and about the origin of its name. The city’s name The Latin name of Milan is Mediolanum and its etymology is still uncertain. According to the Roman historian Titus Livius at the beginning of the VI century before Christ Ambigato, the king of a Celtic tribe, sent his two grandsons to colonize other…

The Statue of Liberty is in Milan

The Statue of Liberty has an exact twin sister right in the heart of the city of Milan. Where If you happen to be in Milan you might want to start your tour with a visit of the Duomo Cathedral. Catch the red line of the underground services and get off at Duomo Station in Piazza del Duomo. Once overground you will be struck by the magnificence of the gothic cathedral that proudly stands in the middle of the piazza. If you look closely to the facade you will notice how many statues and gargoyles adorn the entire exterior surface…