NEW VIDEO: ARTISTIC SILK SCARVES (EXCLUSIVE DESIGN BASED ON ABSTRACT PHOTOS)

Videoclip about artistic Silk Scarves with an exclusive and unique design: it reproduces details of decomposed matters. Created by Roberto Alborghetti (Lacer/actions Project) in collaboration with Bruno Boggia Disegni, Como, Italy. Three Limited Edition. Textile: pure Crepe de Chine, CMS 170 x 63.

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UFFIZI GALLERY (FLORENCE): A NEW GREAT ROOM DEVOTED TO THE GENIUS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI

 

Sala 35 - Nuova sala di Leonardo 1

After the unveiling of a new arrangement of masterpieces by Caravaggio and other XVII Century artists and the new room dedicated to Michelangelo and Raffaello, Uffizi Gallery continues its renewal with a room devoted to Leonardo da Vinci.

 

The new Leonardo Room at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery (Room 35 in the West Wing), officially opened yesterday, displays three paintings by Leonardo, all of which were made originally for churches, hence why the room’s walls are painted pale gray using a spatula effect. To ensure optimal conditions, the paintings are contained in special glass display cases that reduce light refraction without detracting from the visitor experience.

 

On the left stands The Baptism of Christ, painted for the San Salvi Church in 1475-78, when Leonardo was still working with Andrea del Verrocchio. The painting highlights the divisions in tasks within the workshop in terms of style and technique between the master and his pupil.

 

The Annunciation can be seen on the facing wall. Hailing from the church of Monteoliveto, the angel casts its shadow over the flowering meadow, closing its wings upon landing like a bird.

 

In the centre of the room visitors can wonder at the Adoration of the Magi, commissioned for the church of San Donato a Scopeto, and which was left unfinished when Leonardo went to Milan in 1482 to work for Ludovico Sforza. The painting underwent a five-year restoration at Florence’s Opificio delle Pietre Dure, financed by the Friends of the Uffizi. The altarpiece offers insight into Da Vinci’s creative process with some parts more advanced, while other brush strokes point to an infancy in style and technique.

 

Eike Schmdt, director of the Uffizi Galleries,  explained the draw of the Leonardo Room. “The new arrangement has been designed not only to permit a slow, meditated visit, whereby visitors can compare the art and understand the stylistic evolution of Leonardo in his youth, but it is also correct in terms of art history, placing the artist’s works immediately after the rooms dedicated to the Florentine Quattrocento…It is part of a set of changes implemented to adjust the Uffizi to the needs of understanding by visitors as well as adhering to the museum’s educational principles.”

MY BOOK (“EATING WITH POPE FRANCIS”) IN THE FINAL 6 OF “BANCARELLA AWARD COOKING”

Worldwide success book “Eating with Pope Francis“, that I had the honour to write, has been voted among the 6 Best Books for Bancarella Award Cooking section! 

The Bancarella Award is very close to the heart of Italian booksellers because the Prize is closely related to them;  they choose both the candidates and the winner. Booksellers are the ring of the chain correlating the publisher and the reader: they know best.  And worldwide success “Eating with Pope Francis” (over 150K copies, translated in 14 languages so far) has made it to the final 6 of Cooking section. We’re so proud!  Final result the 21st October. Can’t wait for it! 

The book has been published in Italy by Mondadori in collaboration with Food-Dalcò; the international editions have been published, among others, by Bayard, Larousse, Sudwest Verlag, Novalis aso.

A BIOGRAPHY UNDER A NEW PERSPECTIVE

“Enjoy your meal!” These are the words with which Pope Francis greets the worshippers in his speeches. Few knows the deeper meaning: before becoming Pope, he graduated in Food Chemistry and inherited the passion for food from his mother, grandmother and relatives who owned a restaurant in Piedmont, Italy.
In this book (208 pages, large format, with great photos) you’ll discover the milestones of the Pope’s life and the dishes related to this main events: you can replicate them at home following the original recipes in the book. A volume that gives a new perspective on the beloved, charismatic figure of Pope Francis, recounted by the Pope’s biographer, Roberto Alborghetti. The volume contains 36 special and illustrated recipes inspired to the life of Pope.

SIENA: NEW LIGHT FOR “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, LARGEST AND MAGNIFICENT FLOOR THAT EVER WAS MADE”

 

The inlaid marble floor of the ‪‎Cathedral‬ of Siena is entirely visible until July 31 and from August 18 to October 28, 2018

The floor – “the most beautiful … largest and most magnificent … that ever was made” in the famous words of Giorgio Vasari – is the fruit of a plan that took on concrete form through the centuries, from the XIV century up to the XVIII century. The preparatory cartoons for the fifty-six panels were done by important artists, all from Siena, except for the Umbrian painter Bernardino di Betto, known as Pinturicchio who in 1505 authored the panel with the Hill of Wisdom. The techniques employed to transfer the ideas of the various artists onto the floor are marble intarsia and graffito.

But this year you could see the floor with a new way of reading, that illuminates the marble carpet with unusual color effects.

The floor will shine with new light thanks to a project by Opera Civita that, together with the Opera della Metropolitana, has contributed to the enhancement of the floor, to make it known to the whole world: the “wonder” of the city of Siena, as the Anglo-Saxon artists and travelers had sensed. In the late nineteenth century press the well-known marble carpet is defined as The Wonder of Siena, which attests to the fame and appreciation by the “foreigners” in the vision of “fermented polychrome” (Henry James).

VIDEO-PORTFOLIO: 41 LITHO PRINTS (MAGNIFICATIONS OF DECOMPOSED MATTERS)

They’re not paintings… They’re Lacer/actions. Abstract photos by Roberto Alborghetti. The Video Catalogue of 41 Lithographic Prints. Pictures of torn publicity posters and magnification of matters decomposition.

For availability on different media, you can contact: sandinipaolo@gmail.com; ro.alb@alice.it

 

THAT ABSTRACT WORLD UNDER OUR FEET #5 / A DISFIGURED PAVEMENT IN FLORENCE

© Roberto Alborghetti

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

Yes, there is an abstract world under our feet … These are some of the images I took in Florence (Italy). They’re macro photography of a disfigured pavement . The pictures are part of LaceR/Actions”, a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles, re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks, corrosions and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decompositions. They’re not paintings…They’re Lacer/actions!

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