All eyes on Artemisia: BBC Documentary with Michael Palin + conference in Florence

We at ArtViva have been all about Artemisia Gentileschi of late. ArtViva has been working with the BBC on their production of a documentary featuring Michael Palin. We are also proudly sponsoring a conference and its filming on this acclaimed Italian Baroque painter, as a gift from ArtViva to support world-class research on Artemisia Gentileschi. […]

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Heracles and Nessus restored in Florence, Italy

    In the late 1500s, Italian artist Giovanni Caccini completed his recreation of the Ercole e Nesso (Heracles and Nessus) statue. The artwork depicts the strong man of Greek mythology overpowering the centaur, not long before Heracles himself died from Nessus’ tainted blood. Caccini’s statue was recreated from a possibly Roman certainly antique original, […]

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Michelangelo’s David in Florence, Italy

Michelangelo’s David is considered by many as the greatest artwork ever made. Its creator, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), was pretty great too. Not only was he a sculptor, but also a painter (think, Sistine Chapel), architect (dome of St Peter’s Basilica), and even penned a few poems in his time. Nearly a century prior to the […]

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Fun times in Venice, Italy: Carnevale di Venezia

Carnevale di Venezia is one of Venice, Italy’s most spectacular events. Now held annually, the tradition of the Carnival of Venice dates back to 1162, when the Venice locals held massive celebrations after a victory in battle. In the Renaissance times, the anniversary of this military success grew into the Carnevale di Venezia. Today, Carnevale […]

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Artisans: tips for traditional items in Italy

Best shopping in Italy

Travelling to Italy and planning to do some shopping? Looking for something special and traditional? You may want to turn your eye to the Italian artisans, or “artigiani”. The tradition of handmade in Italy stretches back a long way throughout history, and thankfully holds strong to this day. Throughout time, artisans have been admired as […]

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Friends in Florence

According to UNESCO, Italy is home to more than half of the world’s most important artworks, and around half of those are in Florence alone. Some of them, being centuries old, are in desperate need of restoration. For the past 16 years, the Friends of Florence organisation has been dedicated to identifying important works in […]

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Michelangelo’s art in Italy: Praise & Parody

Michelangelo may not have been well-known for his social skills, however he certainly knew how to express sensibilities in his artwork. Our Florence art historian guides call Michelangelo’s David the most important artwork ever created, whilst my high school art teacher called that small gap between Adam and God’s fingers in the Sistine Chapel “the most […]

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