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Do you know The Birth of Venus, one of the most iconic paintings of the Italian Renaissance, by Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli, hides an ancient secret? In occasion of the 570th anniversary from Botticelli’s birth, let’s discover more.
In the year of his 570th anniversary, Swide takes you on a journey to discover a dark and little-known side of the genius behind Renaissance works filled with grace and harmony, such as the Birth of Venus: here are the most enigmatic masterpieces by Sandro Botticelli.
While the loaded symbolism of the bull as the animalistic counterpart of man is well known, the reluctant journey the animal has undergone, from muse to god to victim is like that of a veritable Prometheus. Discover more through the bull’s depiction in art and myth.
The story of Romeo & Juliet, the star-crossed lovers in Verona is among Shakespeare’s best-known and best-loved works. However The Bard sourced the tale from an Italian work by Masuccio Salernitano, changing only minor details.
We’re absolutely sure your Valentine’s Day is going to be an utter and unbridled success, spare a thought for the star-crossed lovers whose story didn’t end so happily. Here are 12 of the most tragic couples from history and literature.
The stunning Baroque Italian villa which was chosen by Napoleon himself as his headquarters during the Battle of Marengo in 1800 can now be yours. Is Italy flogging its heritage or is this sharing of our resources part of what makes Italy such a unique country?
Teatro alla Scala, or La Scala, is the cultural heart of Milan, its hallowed boards are considered the greatest in the opera world. Here are 10 things you need to know about La Scala.
La Scala in Milan is one of the most renowned Opera Houses in the world, yet its history is as unique as that of the Italian City. Considered the beating heart of Milan, find out more about the relevance of the theatre beyond its stage.
History is full of unanswered riddles and mysteries that with the development of modern technology are increasingly solved. Some however, will always remain mysteries. Here are the top 10 biggest mysteries from history.
Five women devoted to sensuality and seduction out of passion or necessity. Take a journey of discovery through ancient Rome, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to find out who these free-spirited, voluptuous women were.
The mighty King Arthur is as popular a figure today as ever. But did he really exist? Here are 10 facts about the ruler of Britain King Arthur.
Emperor, poet, lawmaker, naturalist, promoter of science and the arts: this was Frederick II of Swabia. On the day of his 820th birthday we celebrate this illuminated ruler.
A good and compassionate bishop is the inspiration for the popular mythology of Santa Claus. Patron of children and sailors but also of prisoners and prostitutes: this is the story of St. Nicholas.
Writer of the Futurist Manifesto, father of the Futurist movement, and therefore grandfather of a cultural ideal which is still alive today, lets look at 5 of the most important elements from Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s legacy.
The versions of legends and myths are not set in stone, unlike history. While reading a totally unrelated article I stumbled across a version of the King Arthur Myth i was completely unawares. It seems he, and his knights are alive and living in an elysium hidden on Mount Etna in Sicily. Here’s more
Five exceptional women, who turned their beauty or image into a treasure—or a weapon—to leave their mark in art, politics, or history. Five extraordinary Italian fashion icons, before that term existed.
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