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Ten Ways to Beat the Crowds in Florence

Sharon Hoge | Posted 10.19.2015 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Wall to wall people is no exaggeration. With one of the world's highest concentrations of art treasures per square foot, Florence is a must stop for tourists

Designing Dreams: A Talk With Alessandro Colombo of the Istituto Europeo del Design in Florence, Italy

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Italy is a country of contradictions. But then, everything and everyone who is even remotely interesting to me is a mix of old and new, good and bad, mild and passionate -- with every nuance of feelings and experiences in between.

Mauro Perucchetti and a Monument to Womankind

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Now, with "Michelangelo 2020" Perucchetti reimagines another of the most universally known Renaissance masterpiece -- the classic David sculpture -- in female form, as a tribute to gender equality.

Step Aside, San Francisco: "SF" Now Stands for Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Anneli Rufus | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Anneli Rufus

All those things that everyone loves about the famous, jaded, sea-beaten SF (and more!) can also be found in a fresh, friendly, affordable Midwestern SF: Sioux Falls, South Dakota. One's hilly. One's flat. Both are beautiful. And you'll never believe how much they have in common.

Why Art Makes Me Cry -- A Lesson Taught by Tracey Emin and Louise Bourgeois

Esther de Charon de Saint Germain | Posted 08.26.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Esther de Charon de Saint Germain

Let me paint you the scene. At this very moment I'm in the final stage of finishing a big project called the Creative Study. But I'd got stuck. I ne...

Experience the Music of Fausto Roma's Art!

Kathy Leonardo | Posted 08.04.2015 | Arts
Kathy Leonardo

For the past forty years, Italian artist Fausto Roma has consistently made art an integral part of his life. Living in his studio he creates every single day. His latest series was inspired by music.

Fighting our Goliaths

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

Our task in the world is to help the vulnerable in our community find their release and their radiance. To help them realize they have a value much greater than the sum of a series of terrible experiences.

Michael Jordan's Mindfulness Meditation Coach: The Secret Weapon of Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and You

Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee

Woo-woo or not, compassion is needed today more than ever, and perhaps mindfulness can help bring us there. Through Mumford's book, we can all learn to be Mindful Athletes in our day-to-day lives.

Classic Artwork Censored To Accommodate Fox 5

Fusion | Molly Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers (1955) sold at auction for a record-breaking $179 million on Monday. In reporting this story, NYC affiliat...

Vatican Receives Ransom Demand For Stolen Artifacts

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion

The Vatican said on Sunday it had received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents written by Renaissance master Michelangelo that were...

Michelangelo's David Statue Threatened By Earthquakes

artnet | artnet News | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. Michelangelo's David (1501-04) Photo: Annie Slizak via Wikimedia Commons. The Italian minist...

Choice Between Voters and Rioters?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole.

Twitter Fights of the High Renaissance: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Savonarola

John Seed | Posted 10.02.2014 | Arts
John Seed

A blog and video that recently appeared on the HuffingtonPost Arts page -- Why Leonardo Da Vinci Was A Loser (And What That Means For You) -- has apparently re-ignited a longstanding feud between Leonardo da Vinci and his frenemy Michelangelo.

The Lesson Of The Needle

Aimee Heckel | Posted 09.21.2014 | Arts
Aimee Heckel

What -- or who -- is living underneath my own skin? As I sit, I wonder. It could be my own Michelangelo angel. An octopus. A tree. Beneath my skin could be a flower, a lion, a snake. A demon.

Our Father and My Father

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Transformation takes place in God's Presence and inspires us to great things, just as the stained-glass artist and my father expressed their love of God in their artwork, which in turn lifts my soul and inspires me to glorify Him even more.

Success, Failure and Mastery

Tom Morris | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Sarah Lewis helps us to reorient our thinking around the concept of mastery and the process that develops it. And it's the process that seems to be her real interest, because the process of growing in mastery of anything inevitably involves uncertainty, courage, failure, persistence and struggle.

A Conversation with Dmitri Hvorostovsky - This Week at Davies Hall

Sean Martinfield | Posted 07.21.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Dmitri Hvorostovsky and pianist Ivari Ilja are in recital at Davies Hall on Sunday, May 25. The program begins with a collection of songs by a variety of Russian composers, set to the poetry of Alexander Pushkin.

Artists Must Make Peace With the Academic Life

Daniel Grant | Posted 07.13.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Teaching now obliges an artist to instruct others in techniques and styles that, at times, may be wholly opposed to his or her own work.

Artist's Statements of the Old Masters

John Seed | Posted 06.29.2014 | Arts
John Seed

An Old Master working today would definitely need some strong postmodern language to support his/her "artistic practice." Here are some samples of the kinds of "Artist's Statements" that I think would be required of European Old Masters if they tried to get a show in New York or Los Angeles today.

The Idiot's Guide To Identifying Classic Paintings

The Huffington Post | Sara Roncero-Menendez | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts

Can you tell a Rembrandt from a Caravaggio? Or a Rubens from a Michelangelo? If you answered no, have no fear. There's a quick and painless guide to t...

This Gun Ad Just Pissed Off An Entire Country

Reuters | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business

ROME, March 10 (Reuters) - Italian cultural officials have threatened court action to stop an American arms manufacturer showing the revered Renaiss...

Movie Review: The Monuments Men

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As the evidence shows, Monuments Men would not have been in the awards mix. Well-made and honorable, it's also a movie that never achieves much momentum.

A Look at High Art in the 21st Century: Pictures at a Museum's Shop.

Jura Margulis | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
Jura Margulis

We created abundance in the civilized world and cherish the history of our culture and the culture of our history, or so we say, and that last room before the museum's shop exhibits the best we can do in and with the visual arts sector?

Piano's Light Touch at the Kimbell

J. Michael Welton | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

It may be safe to say -- whether you favor the site of Renzo Piano's new pavilion or not - that Louis Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum has never looked as good as it does today.

Politics as Un-usual: My Dinner With Adolfo

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Randee Mia Berman

A bona fide politician actually put down his fork mid-air to listen to me. Not one minute was spent on fundraising or self-promotion. Nope. Instead, Adolfo Carrion, running on the Independent Party ticket, concentrated on us -- all young independent artists struggling to survive in New York City.