TUSCANY: THE MEDIEVAL FORTRESS, AMAZING SET OF “THE PRINCESS” e-BOOK AND SHORT FILM

© Photos: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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the PRINCESS COVERLet’s know something about the fascinating Aldobrandesca Fortress, one of the most impressive Medieval Italian castles, amazing setting for the making of “The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” short movie and the e-book created by Roberto Alborghetti-Mitrani Yarden, in online bookstores and in  Hopes Store  at only 0.99 Euro.

Since the 11th century the area of southern Tuscany around the castle of Piancastagnaio was the object of the expansionist politics of the powerful feudal family of theAldobrandeschi. The whole territory is rich in historical remains tied to these potentates. Between the possessions of the Aldobrandeschi, Piancastagnaio was almost always the site of allotted to the noble family from the monks of the Abbey of S.Salvatore since the beginning of the year 1000. Subsequently it was claimed from the Viscounts of Campiglia and during the 13th century it became object of ulterior disputes between the cities of Siena and Orvieto.

The Orvietani gained control of the powerful fortress in the 1303 and maintained it for around fifty years. At this point they entered in the quarrel with the heirs of the Aldobrandeschi, the Orsini of Pitigliano, to       oppose the new aims of the Senese Republic. Only between the years 1415 and 1430 Siena finally succeeded to taking possession of Piancastagnaio,       that was attached to the Capitanato ofRadicofani. In 17th century the settlement became a Granducal fief and finally, with the Leopoldine reforms, the chief town of the the same community.

The country town has a circular form, once had surrounding wall enclosure with alternating square towers and four gates. The walls and the gates       have been almost entirely demolished, with the exception of few lines, three towers, two with semicircular shape and the other squared, the main       city Gate beside the Rocca and other three minor Gates in the southern front of the walls: ‘Porta Romana’, ‘Porticciola’ e ‘Porta di Voltaia’.

In the highest point of the inhabited area rises still today the mighty Rocca Aldobrandesca. The construction has a square form and is endowed with tall and strongly inclined walls. From the enclosure rises two towers , the greatest, either as thickest, had functions of keep, the other, in the opposite angle, defended the underlying gate of access to the city.

The whole complex was endowed with machicoulis and battlement, still today almost intact. The Rocca is under good condition thanks to careful work of  restoration.

ART, FASHION, PHOTOGRAPHY AND BEAUTY IN A NEW E-BOOK OUT ON 1ST DECEMBER…THE VIDEOCLIP

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“The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” is a fantastic new e-book OUT on 1st DECEMBER 2015, in the online bookstores at ONLY 0,99 Euro. Created by Roberto Alborghetti and Mitrani Yarden. A modern fairy tale, with 40 wonderful photos and 80 pages. A great show of Art, Fashion and Beauty! A present for your New Year 2016… And Fashion will look different… Watch the video, with soundtrack by Eylon Malhi (“Amore #1”); Model and actress: Ginevra Bertolani (Casting Agency, Firenze). The amazing setting is the Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century), in Piancastagnaio – Siena, Tuscany, Italy.

"The Princess, the Fire and the Castle", by Roberto Alborghetti Mitrani Yarden. Out on 1st December 2015 in online bookstores. A modern fairy tale. A great show of art, fashion and beauty.

“The Princess, the Fire and the Castle”, by Roberto Alborghetti Mitrani Yarden. Out on 1st December 2015 in online bookstores. A modern fairy tale. A great show of art, fashion and beauty.

 

A FANTASTIC NEW E-BOOK IN ONLINE BOOKSTORES FROM 1st DECEMBER 2015!!!

the PRINCESS COVER

“The Princess, the Fire and the Castle”: it’s a fantastic new e-book OUT on 1st DECEMBER 2015 in online bookstores at ONLY 0,99 Euro. Created by Roberto Alborghetti and Mitrani Yarden, it is a modern fairy tale with 40 wonderful photos, 80 pages, an amazing graphic style offering a great show of Art, Fashion and Beauty! A present for your New Year 2016. The story is set in the impressive Rocca Aldobrandesca, a XIII Century fortress in Piancastagnaio (Siena, Tuscany, Italy) with the participation of model and actress Ginevra Bertolani. Don’t miss this great event and experience which are supporting “Hopes Project” (Art Making The World A Better Place). Available  from 1st December 2015, in online bookstores, at only 0,99 Euro. Published by Marna (bilingual version, English and Italian).

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“La Principessa , il Fuoco e il Castello”  è un fantastico nuovo e-book disponibile dal 1° dicembre 2015 nelle librerie online a soli 0,99 Euro. Creata da Roberto Alborghetti e Mitrani Yarden, l’iniziativa editoriale presenta una favola moderna con 40 bellissime foto, 80 pagine , uno stile grafico sorprendente che offre un grande spettacolo di arte, moda e bellezza ! Un regalo per le prossime feste natalizie e di Capodanno 2016. La storia è ambientata nella suggestiva Rocca Aldobrandesca – una fortezza del XIII secolo che si trova a Piancastagnaio, sul Monte Amiata ( Siena, Toscana) – con la partecipazione della fotomodella e attrice Ginevra Bertolani. Non perdetevi questo grande evento che sostiene il Progetto “Hopes” ( Arte per rendere il mondo un posto migliore ) . Dal 1 ° dicembre 2015, nelle librerie online, a soli 0,99 Euro. Edizioni Marna, con testo in Inglese e in Italiano.

the PRINCESS COVER

 

ABSTRACT (FROM REALITY) GOES ON SILK SCARVES: EXCLUSIVE DESIGN ON CREPE DE CHINE (THE VIDEO)

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This is a videoclip about SILK SCARVES with an exclusive design. They are available in a very special limited edition. The design is unique. It reproduces details of real torn and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, magnification of urban and industrial matters. The images was captured around the world by Italian visual artist, author and reporter ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI (founder of “Lacer/actions” project and research).  The special silk scarves were made in collaboration with BRUNO BOGGIA STUDIO (Como, Italy) who worked with the most famous fashion houses. Video by R.Alborghetti – Soundtrack: “Aria” by Tim Besamusca.

FOR INFOS about silk scarves: andrea@velar.it

SILK SCARVES BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI - MADE IN COLLABORATION WITH BRUNO BOGGIA, COMO, ITALY

 

FROM CERAMICS TO CERAMIC: MY ABSTRACT WORK (ON A DISFIGURED FOUNTAIN) REPRODUCED BY TALENTED ARTIST LAURA MARMAI

A few months ago in Vietri, the Amalfi Coast town (Italy) famous for its wonderful ceramics, my eyes have been attracted by an unusual and spectacular corrosion. The surface of a fountain, not far from the beach, showed an exceptional cracking.

The blue ceramic, of which the structure was made, had undergone a process of deterioration caused by weather, moisture, salt and limestone. So, for my “Lacer/actions” project I produced several shots at the decomposed parts of the ceramic fountain that now, even through its alteration of colors and materials, does not hide colors and designs of great impact. I also produced a video, as you may see…

But the story now continues… Talented artist Laura Marmai, who lives in Salerno and saw me while I was taking pictures around the disfigured fountain, was really impressed but what i created. So, I suggested her to choose one of my abstract photos and to paint it on a real ceramic. She accepted the challenge and she created a wonderful and artistic piece of real ceramics, reproducing on it details and particulars of one of my photos. This a photogallery about the great ceramic created by Laura basing on my artwork! Brava Laura!!!

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Qualche mese fa a Vietri, località della Costiera amalfitana famosa per le sue ceramiche,lo sguardo è caduto su una inusuale e spettacolare corrosione. La superficie di una fontana poco distante dalla spiaggia presentava delle eccezionali screpolature decomposte. La ceramica azzurra, di cui la struttura era fatta, aveva subito un processo di deterioramento causato dal tempo, dall’umidità, dalla salsedine e dal calcare.

Ho prodotto diversi scatti, presso le parti decomposte della fontana in ceramica che ora, pur attraverso la sua alterazione di colori e materiali, non nasconde tinte e disegni di grande impatto, come presentato dal video in questa stessa pagina. Pure immagini astratte…non dipinti o composizioni digitali. Ma ora la storia continua.

La valente artista Laura Marmai, residente a Salerno, che aveva assistito alle mie riprese fotografiche alla vecchia fontana incrostata di Vietri, ha accettato la sfida di selezionare una delle mie foto astratte e di dipingerne i particolari su una vera ceramica. Ecco dunque il risultato. Ringrazio Laura per questa bellissima creazione, che va ad aggiungersi alla straordinaria serie dei suoi lavori, tutti molto belli, che rivitalizzano l’antica espressione della ceramica artistica.     

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, LACER/ACTIONS, 2015

GHOST BUS AND VOLCANO DRESS DAYS: THE VIDEO OF THE EVENTS IN TUSCANY

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This is the video about the events for the Italian premiere of “The Ghost Bus” short film produced by Roberto Alborghetti with Bartons PLC and ACT Group, and the presentation of the Volcano Dress, exhibited for the first time in Tuscany (Mount Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena) on October 24-27, 2015.
The Volcano Dress is an HotCouture Creation by Mitrani Yarden based on the original picture by Roberto Alborghetti (Lacer/actions) from “The Ghost Bus” project.
Fotoshooting and Videofilming by Roberto Alborghetti with Mitrani Yarden. Soundtrack: Eylon Malhi. Top Model: Ginevra Bertolani, Casting Agency, Firenze. Sculptures by Paolo Borghi. Hair Style and Makeup: Natalia Scalacci, Free Style, Abbadia San Salvatore (Siena).
The wonderful location is Rocca Aldobrandesca, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Tuscany. Many thanks for the collaboration to Piancastagnaio Municipality, to the Major Luigi Vagaggini, to Samuele Bechini, to Nicola Cirocco (Osa Onlus), Marysia Zipser (ACT Group, Beeston), Patrizia Sapri and Agenzia Re Ratchis.

Mitrani Yarden and Roberto Alborghetti with the Volcano Dress during a special presentation at Agenzia Re Ratchis (Abbadia S.S. - Siena - Tuscany)

Mitrani Yarden and Roberto Alborghetti with the Volcano Dress during a special presentation at Agenzia Re Ratchis (Abbadia S.S. – Siena – Tuscany)