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Stop violence against women

In Lombardy, a boom in family violence during the lockdown is denounced by Elisabetta Aldrovandi, president of the National Victims Support Observatory. «Calls to the Anti Violence and Stalking Number 1522, free and active 24 hours a day, also via chat, in the period between March and June 2020 more than doubled compared to the same period of the previous year (+ 119.6%) , going from 6,956 to 15,280». Since 2000. on the initiative of the United Nations, November 25 has become the day dedicated to raising awareness on violence against women. A global and underground phenomenon that has the dimensions of a terrible pandemic: according to the UN (United Nations Organization) 1.2 billion women in the world have suffered from it.
Furthermore, according to data released by WHO last April, home confinement has favored all types of abuse, which have tripled compared to the same period in 2019.
Abuses that reflect stifled paths of equality and denied rights. Fighting them represents one of the fundamental and most difficult challenges of the twenty-first century
«We are preparing to face months in which psychological distress, anxiety and repressed anger could lead to violent actions, especially in the home: closeness and psychological assistance will be fundamental» adds Aldrovandi.

Dante Alighieri. A tree that bears fruit, not a chasm that swallows

700 years have passed since Dante Alighieri's death, yet the lines of his allegorical-didactic poem written in chained triplets and hendecasyllables continue to be read, studied, interpreted. Not only. And Gustave Doré, visonary and eclectic artist of the nineteenth century considered the greatest interpreter of the Middle Ages, with his 135 tables of the Divine Comedy, now kept by the Alinari Foundation in Florence, gave a very evocative and compelling interpretation of the imaginary journey undertaken by the narrator , allowing to "see" with the eyes of the narrator the three otherworldly realms that led him to the vision of the Trinity.
The latter, which will also be digitalised, are the focus of the exhibition dedicated to the father of the Italian language "Dante, the eternal poet" scheduled from 14 September 2021 to 10 January 2022 in the spaces of the Monumental Complex of Santa Croce in Florence.
It is a very articulated project-event with an interactive path that develops between static images and virtual reality that promises a real immersion in the world and in the thought of the Supreme Poet. Felice Limosani, digital story teller, is the creator who was inspired by a phrase by Alighieri who defined himself: "A tree that bears fruit and not a chasm that swallows". There will therefore be no "explanations" of his works but a "story" of his universal language starting with the cultural, moral and spiritual legacy. «His boundless legacy does not remain immobile but has the extraordinary ability to renew itself and speak to us every time in a different way. Dante's wonder is that it always remains current: century after century his huge and multifaceted work. Starting from the Divine Comedy, in fact, he always has new levels of reading and knowledge» commented Tommaso Sacchi, Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Florence.

But there is more. The project has another objective: to create a large exhibition with contents that can also be used as digital teaching in schools, to also be included in scientific programming for the benefit of social activities and hospital care.
«The digital revolution not only opens up to new expressive visions with new languages, but is changing the way in which culture is represented, enjoyed and disseminated» underlines Felice Limosani. The combination of technology and art offers an innovative synthesis, a digital humanities, in short, which offers greater benefits than those obtainable than the sum of both. In this dimension, the historical and cultural heritage is made current and shared as a multidisciplinary experience that expands into the museum, educational and social spheres, to the point of combining culture, education and solidarity. With this rigorous approach, culture spreads. «In this regard, collaborations have already been started for the planning of a technical-scientific work that in various ways involves educators, teachers, pedagogues, psychologists, sociologists, neuroscientists and experts from the Community of San Patrignano, from the Foundation of the Meyer Pediatric Hospital of Florence to the Dino Compagni Institute of Florence and of the San Niccolò Conservatory of Prato».
«Recent published studies have shown that cyber therapies and simulated multisensory realities have a positive impact on reintegration, social rehabilitation and treatment programs» concludes Beatrice Garagnani Ferragamo, Honorary President of the Scientific Committee.


Photo 1: on the left the original engraving Paradiso Canto 31 1-3 by Gustave Doré, on the right the digital elaboration by Felice Limosani.
Photo 2: Santa Croce in Florence.

Eyeshadow palettes and the art of color

Enclosed in decorated and captivating cases, increasingly thin and compact, the bright and opaque, light and dark, finely metallic or glitter shades of the new eyeshadows are an invitation to experimentation. With color selections well thought out to harmonize with each other, the palettes represent a practical way to try your hand, without limitations, in the fascinating art of color. They are the new desire objects. 

Preliminary stages
To ensure an impeccable and long-lasting result, before starting it is always advisable to equip yourself and keep some elements on hand that simplify application and improve yield. Here are the steps to follow by Giada Venturotti makeup artist QSTUDIO MAKEUP-RP.
• Tapping a specific primer is always helpful: they are more transparent and smoothing than those designed for the face, they fix and prolong the duration of the result and avoid unsightly thickening in the eyelid folds.
• In case of dark circles and imperfections, it is always advisable to use a concealer: it not only allows you to keep the nuance in place, but also acts as a shield between the skin and the eyeball: the pigments contained in the eye shadows tend to migrate due to the blinking of the eyelids and , therefore, to move, consequently, towards the inside of the eye causing discomfort.
• The brush is the tool to invest in to achieve a homogeneous distribution. It must have dense, short and soft bristles, with a rounded tip: once the product has been picked up, the ideal movement mimics that of a wiper, moving gently and quickly from one corner to another. Two are needed: one to color, the other to create the points of light on the inner corners of the eye and under the browbone.

The combinations that work
The shades on the market today are formulated to adapt to every type of complexion, a feature that should simplify the game with multicolor palettes. In reality, guessing the right combinations can be a challenge, because when the choice is too large it can get confusing. To identify them, here are the combinations proposed by Giada Venturotti makeup artist QSTUDIO MAKEUP-RP:
- The range of nudes, from evanescent beige to warm terracotta and chocolate, give everyone and represent the basic of make-up, perfect from morning to evening;
- pink with gold, bronze with gray and green with copper are duets that may seem excessive, but in reality they are also suitable for the day;
- for a perfect rainbow make-up, there is a small scheme to follow: light colors, such as yellow or baby pink, are applied to the inner corner of the eye; on the central part of the eyelid yes to intermediate tones such as lilac and green; finally, blue, indigo and purple are used to define the external part.

Shadows and lights
“Mat, galaxy, metal… when it comes to lights and shadows in eye make-up it's easy to get confused. To understand what Michele Magnani is using, Global Senior Artist MAC Cosmetics suggests a simple scheme:
- the shimmer, metallic, holographic effects are given by glitter: metallic micro-fragments, one-color or polychromatic: they give a “wow” result because they capture the light and reflect it in a clear and decisive way;
- the satin finish, on the other hand, is obtained thanks to iridescent micro-pearls that give a discreet, elegant and sophisticated brightness that gives three-dimensionality and depth,
- mat, finally, defines opaque colors based on pure pigments and are devoid of reflective elements. 

Stop the hassles
"Those with sensitive eyes, to avoid redness, irritation and itching, must give up sparkling and shimmering eye shadows because they accentuate these discomforts" explains optician Paolo Revolfato of Eurottica Milano. “Often those who come to check their eyesight complain of problems such as small burns and dehydration due to these types of products. A transparent gel-powder eyeshadow, formulated to stay in place and to be spread over the entire eyelid, on the other hand, proves to be a valid help in not giving up these effects on special occasions, because it prevents the luminous particles from migrating into the eye " .

Final touches
After tracing the contours with eyeliner or pencil, to refine and refine the result it is always advisable to blend them well with the growth line of the lashes, using a small brush with short, soft but firm bristles.
It ends with mascara, an indispensable tool for restoring depth and character to the eye, and avoiding bright tones from being intrusive and creating the optical effect of "canceling" the lashes.

First steps to manage Pandemic Fatigue

The new rules to be respected, the restrictions that limit travel and the worry of contagion linked to Covid-19 generate the Pandemic fatigue, as reported by the WHO, the World Health Organization: living in uncertainty has the consequences of fatigue, apathy and demotivation.
Coping with the situation we are experiencing is complicated. Finding balance and clarity can help to rationalize the situation.
An approach in this direction is proposed by two counseilors who organize In Stabilità in Milan '. A cycle of 3 meetings, starting from November 15, 2021, which represent steps on a journey to recognize one's emotions, face them, discover the aspects that limit and consider the positive ones.

 With a Degree in Communication and a Psychosynthetic Professional Counselor Diploma, Barbara Dall’Argine is one of the two creators of the courses. He tells us how they are organized and what the purposes are.

"Starting to look from another perspective, with greater distance and neutrality, is important in order to observe situations with a critical sense. Seeing more closely what "lives" inside everyone is the first step to activate the necessary resources to live with what happens outside. It is important to maintain stability while we are involved in a continuous flow of sudden changes. Observing, welcoming and transforming will be the central point of the first appointment. Learning to collaborate with what exists, and starting to discern what is needed from what is no longer functional is the central point of the next ".

What are the objectives?
"The intent is to allow those who want to find balance to acquire the tools, useful and effective. By putting oneself at the center, one can draw on one's potential and resources to face HERE and NOW what conditions or destabilizes him ".

Do you have any other appointments scheduled?
"From November 14, the cycle of 6 sessions entitled" The power of intention "begins. They will have a fortnightly frequency and will end on February 6, 2021. We intend to deepen the main points of the "Law of Attraction": what surrounds us is made up of energy that exerts great power, and we will provide the tools to understand and master it ".

Nutella Bisquit don't call them just cookies

A billion biscuits sold in Italy after only one year from its creation. A milestone that allows Nutella Bisquit, a product so exquisite that it can be compared to a pastry, to get on the podium of the best-selling sweets in Italy in this segment. A milestone that Ferrero celebrates with the approval of the investment for the construction of a new production line, as technologically advanced as the first, again in the Italian plant in Balvano. But the company does not stop at this: the structure will join the newly built one, allowing to double the production capacity, with the aim of satisfying both internal demand and reaching unexplored markets.
The planned investment, of over 80 million euros, is in addition to the amount already allocated for the first production line. This means new jobs in Italy, in Basilicata, possible thanks to the success of a delicacy that creates… addiction.
"In 2021 we will launch a new format, in tube" explains Alessandro d’Este, President and CEO of Ferrero Commerciale Italia. "A practical package to keep in your bag or backpack to enjoy this product anywhere".

October 29 is the world day against stroke

A serious, disabling disease that affects 15 million people worldwide every year and represents, according to some estimates, the third cause of death, the first being disability and the second being dementia. To raise awareness on this issue, the World Day against Cerebral Stroke is celebrated on 29 October, which this year is dedicated to the curability of this pathology, focusing not only on rehabilitation but also on prevention starting with corrected lifestyles to the early recognition of symptoms, to the need for equal opportunities in access to care. It is precisely on this latter aspect that the attention of the medical community is focused: the effect of Covid-19 on cardiovascular diseases has led to a drastic drop in hospital admissions for fear of contagion. Professor Francesco Setacci, Director of the Complex Unit of Vascular Surgery of the IRCCS Multimedica of Sesto San Giovanni and vascular surgeon at the Juneco Milan City Life and East Rome clinic for aesthetic medicine and surgery explains this phenomenon.

"Among the effects of the Coronavirus health emergency, there have been fewer hospital visits related to this disease in Italy and in the world. There is talk of a 50% decrease in accesses for cardiovascular diseases (Source Poliambulanza di Brescia), while the data of the San Donato Group recorded a 60% decrease due to heart attack. These data do not mean that there is a reduction in the incidence of the disease, but rather a worrying consequence of the fear of contagion, with negative implications related to people's survival".

According to the data of the Heart Project of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità published by Siia (Italian Society of Arterial Hypertension) stroke counts in Italy about 200,000 cases every year, of which 80% are new episodes and 20% relapses. which concern subjects previously affected. The incidence of this disease progressively increases with age, reaching its maximum value in the over eighty-five year olds. These are not reassuring data, and the phenomenon is constantly growing due to the aging of the population. What are the recommendations?

"It is vitally important not to underestimate the symptoms, those that, before the health emergency, made people rush to the emergency room, even at the risk of overcrowding. Ailments do not go away by themselves. It is important that people at risk know that outpatient activities are guaranteed, so currently diagnoses are made promptly. Surgical interventions with imminent risk of life are currently guaranteed”.

How to recognize a stroke?

"It is necessary to take action when sensory-motor deficits arise in one hemisome (face, upper and lower limbs on one side only), speech disorders, visual difficulties such as diplopia (see double). The first evaluation to understand the severity of the narrowing (stenosis) of the carotid artery is performed in a medical facility using an Echocolordoppler, a tool that allows a precise and reliable diagnosis. The very important rehabilitation phase should already be from hospitalization, and then continue in hospital facilities following controlled paths. For this reason, at the first warning, which must never be neglected, it is essential to act promptly by going to hospital without fear and hesitation”.

Sustainability is already in Prada's clothes

The themes of the digital edition of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards 2020, broadcast on TV on Sky, were rebirth and solidarity in the context of environmental and social justice, starting from Italy. "Made in Italy is an example for the world," said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte who spoke at the event. And it is the great Italian brands that set a good example. In fact, Prada also participated in the initiative, proposing its new vision of sustainable fashion. The very young actress Matilda De Angelis wore a custom-made dress from the maison made with ecological materials according to the criteria of Eco Age, the company promoting the event together with the Camera Nazionale della Moda, which works alongside the brands of the fashion system to define an eco-sustainable path that can benefit people and the planet.

The dress worn by the actress is part of the Re-Nylon clothing, footwear and accessories collection that encompasses the brand's new course starting from the material used. It is just the brand's iconic yarn, nylon which, thanks to scientific research, has become eco-sustainable and regenerated. It is called Econyl and is recovered from plastic materials recovered in the oceans, in landfills or derived from textile fiber waste.

This cocktail dress, with sculpted bust and voluminous skirt embellished with symmetrical couture curls, is made according to Eco Age criteria. The rigid principles to be respected, and recognized by the organization, are 10: transparency, no child exploitation, honest and fair work, community, traceability, protection of resources and the environment, recycling and reuse, minimization of pollution, management of legal and responsible, welfare of animal species.

Cultures and crops Roberto Capucci and biodiversity

Born in Italy, Food, fashion, design and ancient seeds
Zahir Countryhouse - Contrada Eloro Pizzuta, Bucachemi, Noto (SR) - until 5 November 2020

To promote agriculture 2.0, with the recovery of ancient Italian autochthonous seeds and biodiversity, the sculptural clothes by Roberto Capucci photographed by Toni Campo are the protagonists of the 17 shots that have as a background the olive trees of the Parco dell'Anima di Noto and the new generation of custodian farmers. Fascinating and evocative images that combine tradition, design and fashion, excellences that historically distinguish the tangible and intangible heritage of Italy.fashion, excellences that historically distinguish the material and immaterial heritage of Italy.

Behind this project there is the desire to turn the spotlight on the need to safeguard treasures unjustly abandoned in our country, but with enormous yet unexpressed economic potential: the ancient Italian seeds: a heritage that also allows us to protect plant and animal biodiversity, which fully embraces the key concepts of sustainable development, in the name of innovation, accessible wellbeing and environmental protection.

A need felt more than ever in this period, so much so that on 30 September Italy and other 76 countries signed Leaders 'Pledge for Nature', the first document that establishes the formal commitment to reverse the course of biodiversity loss by 2030 with concrete actions that pave the way for a Global Plan for Biodiversity.
Also on this theme, the MAMA.SEEDS Consortium has recently been established, the first Italian Start Up founded by Alessia Montani to save the memory of ancient Italian crops, with the aim of obtaining regulatory recognition of the agri-food chain of ancient Italian seeds. : cereals, fruit and vegetables, wine and aromatic herbs.

The story of the phases of the agricultural processes of the ancient native seeds (still today handed down thanks to the activity of farmers) is entrusted to the lens of Toni Campo, who with his clicks manages to give prominence and importance to each element photographed: the workers, citrus groves, olive trees, secular almond trees, carob trees and the magnificent dresses by Roberto Capucci, precious creations of pleated silk taffetas that have made the history of Italian fashion.

The exhibition, conceived to be itinerant, will touch many Italian regions, and in particular in the Mediterranean areas.

Photo credits:
Art Director Francesco Palazzolo
Stylist Mauro Crachi
Hair and make Up Antonio Musumeci and Semmy Mele

Dante Alighieri is a continuous discovery

Inclusa est flamma. Ravenna 1921: the Secentenary of Dante's death
Ravenna, Classense Library, Great Corridor - Until 10 January 2021

The last refuge of the great poet hosts the first of three exhibition stages that celebrate him on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of his death. An opportunity to browse through books, illustrations, photographs, paintings, manuscripts and art objects donated to Dante. Each of the objects, testimonies of the "official" history, will offer ideas to discover particular stories, often unknown and even surprising. 
The Secentenary of 1921, for example, was preceded by national celebrations such as the Dante festivals which brought together representatives of cities and territories then under the sovereignty of the Habsburg Empire in the town of Romagna. In 1908, on the occasion of these celebrations, the Oil Ceremony was born, in which annually Florence offers (on the second Sunday of September) the precious extract, a symbol of atonement, destined to burn in the lamp inside the tomb. Dante, it should be remembered, died in the town that celebrates him during his exile because he belonged, in about 1300, to the white Guelphs, who wanted to prevent the Pope from intervening in the political affairs of the Tuscan capital. Despite repeated attempts to bring him back to his hometown, his remains have never been moved.
This exhibition is the first appointment of the Dante exhibition project. The eyes and the mind, conceived by the Municipality of Ravenna Department of Culture, by the MAR Museum of Art of the city of Ravenna, and by the Classense Library which starts the first stage of the cycle.

Galileo Chini (1873-1956) is the author of the official manifesto, exhibited for the first time in 1921 and recently restored.

The magic and beauty in Poltu Quatu on the Costa Smeralda

Everything is therefore ready in Costa Smeralda for the coolest event of summer 2020, with a touch of mystery for a surprise effect. The right mix to conquer even the new generations of tourists looking for an unforgettable entertainment experience between music and shows accompanied by an exclusive selection of luxury cocktails and gourmet dishes, inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. Daniele Pulcini, owner of the Grand Hotel and Poltu Quatu Marina, inaugurates the nightlife of the splendid resort overlooking the crystal clear sea of the La Maddalena Archipelago, with a phantasmagorical show by The Box, the award-winning griffe of international entertainment specialized in unique events, aimed at high-level customers, with memorable and artistically extraordinary productions from Manhattan to London.

It was precisely the founder and President Antonio Pulcini to discover in the 70s, together with Maria Bice Asara, the girlfriend coming from these places, who later became his wife, this corner of paradise of unparalleled and natural beauty, which transformed into the wonderful oasis of today. Poltu Quatu - which in Sardinian means hidden harbor - is a small exclusive and reserved fjord in which the Pulcini Group has made the best of its entrepreneurial skills, with an indissoluble personal and family participation, making it one of the most sought-after destinations of the international jet set.

Here the Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu stands and its wonderful terrace overlooking the harbor, which has become famous as Lìo Sardinia, which this year is transformed into THE BOX POLTU QUATU to inaugurate a great summer season by night with a Dinner Show of spectacular performances, designed in full compliance with health safety standards to overcome the epidemiological emergency.

"Today Poltu Quatu - declares Daniele Pulcini, at the helm of the real estate group that has brought the resort to its maximum development with a marina of over 300 boats and a residential architecture in typical Mediterranean construction - offers a dream vacation, ensuring the necessary attention, in a safe and secure environment. After going through such difficult moments, we invested to the maximum by adopting the most accurate anti-Covid security protocol to protect all our guests and guarantee in every respect an oasis of peace and tranquility, between nature and breathtaking landscapes."

Relax and safety therefore for the day and also for the night with unparalleled fun in a magical atmosphere: this is the entertainment format THE BOX POLTU QUATU, where the exclusive culinary experience blends into an engaging atmosphere of live fun, with international level artists and workers.

"We are proud to have signed this agreement with a leading entertainment company on an international scale and to have boosted and enhanced the territory by involving mainly Italian artists and professionals. - continues Daniele Pulcini - A formula that, in addition to ensuring quality at an international level, represents the driving force of innovation and development for all the industries linked to the Costa Smeralda and Sardinia"

Beauty according to Leonardo da Vinci

The new edition of Leonardo by Pietro C. Marani is a valuable volume for those who want to have an overview of part of the work of the Italian genius. Which continues to fascinate not only scholars and art lovers but also make-up artists from all over the world, for whom it is a precious source of inspiration to create balance and proportions of the face using makeup tools.

In fact, together with Piero della Francesca, Bernardino Luini and Sandro Botticelli, he had identified the golden section, or the divine proportion that represents the mystical key to harmony in the arts and sciences.

Published by 24 Ore Cultura last year on the occasion of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of his death,
the book collects the artist's incredible production, from the Mona Lisa to the Annunciation to the Lady with an Ermine, to the Virgin of the Rocks. Carefully it analyzes his exceptional creations and establishes a precise relationship between his paintings, characterized by an extraordinary three-dimensional force, and the sculptural art. An element that explains their success also in the contemporary world.

Tandem techniques: the novelty of aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery

The demand for aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery procedures has never been as high as in recent years: according to the American Society Plastic Surgeons, the number of requests has increased by 200% compared to 2000. An astonishing figure destined to rise.

However, it does not apply to all methods. "Minimum invasiveness, short sessions, the possibility of quickly returning to social life with a face that represents the best version of themselves, without distortions. These are the requirements of the most desired treatments" says Marco Iera, a surgeon specialized in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the Istituto Clinico Brera in Milan.

In short, the Latin phrase "In medio stat virtus" is always current, the equilibrium is in the middle. And the surgeons and aesthetic doctors are responding to the growing need to see a pleasant and luminous face reflected in the mirror using methods with an imperceptible result. Because the natural aspect is the real trend.

Tandem techniques are also spreading in beauty clinics.

"In the clinic the treatments are more and more integrated, with the application of different methods during the same session, to guarantee the best result with the least trauma for the organism" underlines Marco Klinger, professor of plastic surgery at the University of studies in Milan and head of the Operative Unit of Plastic Surgery at the Humanitas Research Hospital in Rozzano (MI). "Thus, for example, during a cervical minilifting, lipofilling is performed to reconstruct the volumes of the face or improve the shape of the lips. It is the transplantation of adipose tissue taken from the same person, purified and re-injected with large needles. This tool is important because thanks to its large diameter it does not damage the fat cells that carry a precious regenerating stimulus. The implanted fat is not reabsorbed but remains in place ”.

For example, the laser & radiofrequency synergy works to remodel double chin and major sagging of the neck tissues. "Together, they exert a sort of stretching that brings together the collagen fibers," says Steven Paul Nisticò, Director of the School of Specialization in Dermatology, Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro and Coordinator of the Laser Master in Dermatology University of Rome Tor Vergata.

"To give a regenerating lash to the face, the fractional CO2 laser is associated with PRP injections," explains Nisticò. This involves taking a small dose of blood from the person, and injecting the platelet-rich plasma, previously separated from the red blood cells, onto the treated areas, creating a sort of mesh that recalls cutaneous healing cells, releases growth factors and stimulates the fibroblasts to activate the production and creation of new collagen. In short, it is a re-education for the epidermis, which is induced to produce by itself what is necessary to preserve tone and elasticity.

Autologous fat is an alternative to laboratory preparations used for fillers. "Using a patented instrument called Lipogems, it is taken from a donor area (arms, abdomen, hips or thighs), separated from the inflamed and disintegrated component without damaging it or crushing it. In this way we obtain intact fat cells, with a densely vascularized surface, which, once implanted, give consistency and blend perfectly with the tissues. Not only: they reactivate and accelerate the natural regenerative processes "explains professor Carlo Tremolada scientific director Image Regenerative Clinic Milan. "This method is associated with injections with hyaluronic acid if it is necessary to complete the lips contour remodeling."

Black paint: real or virtual?

Milan, an early June of an undefined year. A little girl disappears after a selfie on a social network a painting that imitates a painting by Edward Munch: Puberty. Twelve years old, milky skin, blue eyes and blond hair. It is as beautiful as it is disturbing.
His mysterious disappearance involves not only separated and affluent parents, apparently taken from their lives to their daughter, but also to a handful of characters representing a picture of our contemporaneity. Among the most determined is Marina November, aching hands for rheumatoid arthritis The charming and tenacious woman, has established certain social networks, and has been convinced that the disappearance has to do with not affected by today's miscegenation.

Black Paint is the new book by Claudia Maria Bertola, published by Morellini Editor, a thriller set in the city of Milan. «Enabled me to give a voice to a story I wanted to tell, that is, that of the disappearance of Adele, the Dark Web could have taken.
My novel is a manifesto that speaks to a society that declines in the search for ever more ephemeral things and in the loss of the values ​​that count. It speaks of imperfect heroes, of battered fathers (despite the sculpted abs) of porcelain mothers, of frangible children.
Thanks to my book I had the privilege of talking about important issues, to me, through a plot which turns yellow, which leads to the reader to be afraid, to smile, to be moved. And to hope. It leaves a bitter aftertaste, which is the awareness that the monster, if it is not within us, it is around the corner. But not necessarily at a street corner ».

By Patrizia Campone

The shots like mirrors of the soul of Inge Morath

Magnum's First
Carlo Maria Martini Diocesan Museum of Milan - Until 6 October 2019

The woman portrayed is Mrs Eveleigh Nash, leading personality of the British aristocracy in the Fifties, and is one of the first shots dated 1953 of Inge Morath, the first female photographer to join the group of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency. For her, photography was a real necessity, a means that allowed her to capture the most intimate part of those who portrayed and to know herself: “Photography is essentially a personal matter: the search for an inner truth ... is a strange phenomenon ... you trust your eye, but you can't avoid exposing your soul ”.
This shot is proposed in the review that traces the black and white work of eight masters of the twentieth century (Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Werner Bischof, Erich Lessing, Marc Riboud, Jean Marquis, Ernst Haas and the same Morath) in a period between 1955 and 1956, and found by chance in a winery in Innsbruck in 2006

Divina at Milan Fashion Week

Palazzo Giureconsulti, Milan - 18 and 19 September 2019

This year's edition of Mad Mood celebrates the happy woman of her soft forms with a picture on large blockboard, painted with enamel and brushstrokes of magnet, entitled: Divina. "I love to paint the female body, enhancing femininity", says the author Luna Berlusconi. "It is the subject that more than any other inspires me. What I try to convey in my Nudes, so far the most substantial series of my production, is sensuality: with this word I don't mean the perfection proposed by advertisements and magazines, but an energy that comes from within, a security that makes any woman unique and beautiful. The forms of my Divine are a cry, which invites us to leave stereotypes behind and to seek beauty within ourselves ".

The form in chaos

Ferdinando Scianna - Journey Tale Memory
Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice - from 31 August to 2 February 2020

Ferdinando Scianna's black and white photographs always leave their mark. He was just over twenty years old when, in 1965, with Leonardo Sciascia he published the essay Feste Religiose, a volume that with texts and photos tells the materialistic essence of the processions in Sicily. Since then he has continued to express his talent and curiosity with very intense shots. They do not only tell about Sicilian traditions and culture, but talk about current events, travel, war, masters of the world of art, culture and even fashion. The latter experience started with Dolce & Gabbana and with her iconic model Marpessa. From Bagheria to the Bolivian Andes, moreover, there are endless suggestions that his magical click has captured. But it insn't all. There are the reportages (let's not forget that he is the first Italian to be part, since 1982, of the photojournalistic agency Magnum), the landscapes, his thematic obsessions like mirrors, animals. The common thread is always the same: the search for a form in the chaos of life.

Marpessa. Caltagirone, 1987

Leonardo Sciascia. Racalmuto, 1964

Processione dei misteri del venerdì Santo. Ciminna, 1964

A good opportunity to get to know more deeply Ferdinando Scianna is the anthological exhibition at Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice which offers 180 shots that retrace more than 50 years of the Sicilian photographer's. "I am a reporter. My fundamental reference is my master par excellence, Henri Cartier-Bresson, for whom the photographer must aspire to be an invisible witness, who never intervenes to change the world and the moments he reads and interprets of reality. I have always made a clear distinction between the images found and those built. I have always considered my belonging to the side of the photographers that find the images, those that tell (and tell you) like in a mirror ”.

Metaphysical experiences between light and space

Nanda Vigo. Light Project
Palazzo Reale, Milan - Until September 29th 2019

The conflict/harmony between light and space has always been the central themes of Nanda Vigo, architect and artist who collaborated with Lucio Fontana Piero Manzoni, Enrico Castellani and Gio Ponti. “The retrospective in Palazzo Reale in Milan opens the visitor's gaze to the contemporary, and offer a precious opportunity to meet the experimental languages that have characterized the artist's expressive research ", said Filippo Del Corno, Councilor for Culture of the City of Milan.
Light, transparency and immateriality are the elements that constitute the Vigo’s work and the same environment inhabited by the human being, and of which the chronotope is its artistic concretization.
The term chronotope means space-time, and in physics refers to Einstein's theory of relativity, and indicates the four-dimensional space (three spatial coordinates plus time) that highlights the link between spatial and temporal measurements.
Lights, glasses, metal structures are the elements that the artist uses to create metaphors of lightness, mutation, the spiritual immateriality of art and its perception.

Beauty, nature and Dante inspirations

The Pre-Raphaelites - Love and desire
Palazzo Reale, Milan - until 6 October 2019

From Ofelia of John Everett Millais to Shalott's Lady by John William Waterhouse: going through the halls of the exhibition that brings 80 Pre-Raphaelite works to Milan for the first time (they are part of the Tate Collection that are unlikely to come from the United Kingdom) means taking a dive total in beauty, in poetry and in the lifestyle of the movement founded in England in 1848 by 7 students who rejected social conventions (many were also poets, of lay faith, faithful to nature and the first to represent women as powerful and mysterious forces ) that joined together to free British painting from the academic models of the old masters.

Among the most iconic paintings, Roman de la Rose (1864), a small painting (34.3x34.3 cm) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) attracts attention. Inspired by the eponymous French poem of the thirteenth century, a poignant allegory of love and loss, the watercolor proposes a rich decoration, which draws on the medieval illuminated manuscripts that the artist saw, the scholars suppose, at the British Museum. This design is also the frontispiece of a book by the same artist, The Early Italian Poets, begun in 1845 when he was 17 and finished in 1861, containing translations of various lyrics. Among these, in particular, there is Vita Nova by Dante, a prosometer, or a composition in prose and verse, in which the vate ideally traces his love for Beatrice. In the supreme poet the young Pre-Raphaelite saw a founding figure of medieval and modern art.

A curiosity. Dante Gabriel Rossetti is also the author of Monna Vanna (1886), the oil on canvas which is the manifesto of the exhibition and the name is taken precisely from Vita Nova: it refers to the woman of Guido Cavalcanti, a poet friend of Dante.

Why Miriam Leone is the right choice

Actress, television presenter, winner of the 69th edition of the Miss Italia competition. For the eclectic Miriam Leone of Sicilian origins, who in an episode of Le Parole della Settimana chose Sogno ("Broadens the horizons and makes you fight in life") the important moments do not end. In fact, she becomes one of the Ambassadors of L'Oréal Paris. A right choice because it is a character of the small and the big screen that transmits positivity. Not only for the eyes, intense and lively, but also (and above all) because she is a cultured and very important woman, who sees her identity in her work.

"For me it is a great honor far part of the splendid L'Oréal Paris family. Its Ambassadors have always been a source of inspiration, for the diversity in beauty and beauty in the different ages of life. Values that this brand has always been able to pass through the charisma of the women he chose as a testimonial, it is very important for me to be able to cry out to the world" says Miriam Leone.

"Miriam embodies all the qualities of the contemporary woman. She is charismatic, talented, but also intelligent, strong and desired. She has a modern and free femininity and embodies all the contemporary values of L'Oréal Paris, always at the side of all women. Her beauty is at the same time seductive, her singular personality combined with her deep self-awareness is a perfect ambassador for our brand" says Guillaume Perrin, Brand Director L'Oréal Paris.

Italian fashion shots

Bob Krieger Imagine
Palazzo Morando, Milan - Until June 30, 2019

Artistic fashion photography has always been committed to capturing the seduction given off by a fashion item, often worn by fascinating models with great appeal. Not many people succeed in capturing the soul of a suit and its wearer in a single click. In this Bob Krieger succeeds very well. And to witness its (vast) production between the Sixties and Nineties of the last century, Palazzo Morando organized an exhibition itinerary that excites and surprises for the quantity of faces and clothes able to tell the fashion world of the time, that the author managed to capture and give us thanks to his personal approach to the camera and the protagonists of his shots: "My relationship with stylists was not one of abuse, I always looked after his talent," he said.


Photo: Valentino 1969 by Bob Krieger

Francesca Marotta

Written by: Francesca Marotta
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In love with art, good food, wine, travels, I am a journalist, an ‘’information’s bricklayer’’, in recent years has specialized in fashion and beauty.


Italy, in my opinion, is in the center of the world. Here we have the beauty within reach, from art to fashion, design to food, to lifestyles envied around the world. In conclusion we have all what we need to feed our soul and make us better.

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