Tuscan traditions – Ceramics&Terracotta in Tuscany

The word ‘terracotta’ actually comes from the Italian ‘terra’ for ‘earth’ and ‘cotta’ for cooked. The tradition dates back to Etruscan times when the land was first moulded by expert hands into utensils, bowls and other forms. Throughout the centuries, Tuscan Villa estates would use terracotta containers to store their precious olive oil. Above the […]

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Moaning over Lisa’s bones – the bones of ‘Mona Lisa’ to be exhumed in Florence

The Mona Lisa, presenting in the Musèe du Lourve, is labelled as the ‘Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo’*, the title giving quite a good indication of the supposed identity of the Mona Lisa. Art historian Silvano Vinceti recently claimed that Leonardo’s famous Renaissance painting is actually predominantly a portrait of  the […]

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