Vinci, Leonardo and Italian excellence

Let’s go to Vinci for a trip, it’s winter, it’s cold, but when the sun shines the need to go somewhere green becomes a must: Vinci is the winner city  of this daytrip, a small town located on the Montalbano hills – and we’re obviously talking about the birthplace of Leonardo ‘da Vinci’. Vinci landscapes and Leonardo will be the protagonists of the following pics:

Vinci, Tuscany
Vinci, Tuscany
Leonardo Souvenir
Leonardo Souvenir
Vinci, Tuscany
Vinci, Tuscany
The Vitruvian man - Vinci view
The Vitruvian man – Vinci view

imagehere you can visit a sort of dislocated museum, in the sense that there are several units which are part of the ‘Museum of Leonardo’ in the city of Vinci.

The first visit to do is the Castle of the Guidi Counts in the city center: here you can have a taste of the exhibitions:

rotable crane - first model used to build the Florence' s Dom
rotable crane – first model used to build the Florence’ s Dome
crane in action
crane in action
Four spindle spinning machine
Four spindle spinning machine
Gold-beating machine, Vinci Museum
Gold-beating machine, Vinci Museum

here you are the wooden series: instrumental tools and shapes, a tank model, Leonardo’s wheels studies applied to a bicycle

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Wooden Tank model by Leonardo Da Vinci
Wooden Tank model by Leonardo Da Vinci
Mechanical wing model by Leonardo da Vinci
Mechanical wing model by Leonardo da Vinci
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Wooden structure representing the tool and crane used to build the top of the Dome of Florence
Shades and lights reflecting the Vitruvian Man

Then the series of work of arts dedicated to the painting and the study of perspective:

Reflection and perspective with Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Reflection and perspective with Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
The study of wheels - wooden machines by Leonardo
The study of wheels – wooden machines by Leonardo

Here is the Leonardo’s painting in which he was able to introduce the power of linear perspective to go towards naturalism in painting. You can see the deepth of the landscape and natural pose of the characters by looking at it moving to the right, from Mary’s point of view: if you do so, you can enjoy the very point of view and right perspective:

Leonardo's Annunciation
Leonardo’s Annunciation

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Trip to Anchiano, birthplace of Leonardo
Trip to Anchiano, birthplace of Leonardo

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Books and videos about Leonardo history by Archivio Luce
Books and videos about Leonardo history by Archivio Luce

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#NoteOfTheDay by Rag’n’Bone Human

 

🌊 Projections and videomapping at Ponte Vecchio, rembering the disastrous flood in Florence

It happened by chance to be near Ponte Vecchio some days ago: it happened by chance to enjoy the projections dedicated to the Florence’s flood of 60s and stare at those symbols who were introducing the level of the Arno river during that disaster…

Ruler projections to mesure the flood' level
Ruler projections to measure the flood’ level
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Santo Spirito and Santa Maria Novella and San Giovanni almost completely flood ed by Arno
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Arno’s level at Galluzzo and Gavinana (Florence areas)
Arno's level at Santa Croce during the flood
Arno’s level at Santa Croce during the flood

Some of the projections were part of the popular Locchi’s archive (an old and professional photographer of Florence):

Arno's flood level
Arno’s flood level
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Giorgio Vasari and ‘Corridoio Vasariano’

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Here you are the last videomapping images:

Florence flood projections at Ponte Vecchio
Florence flood projections at Ponte Vecchio

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Milestone: 1565: the Vasarian Corridor was built..

1956: corridoio Vasariano was built

Milestone – 1593: Ferdinando I ordered to all the goldsmiths of the city to move on the bridge:

#OneNoteADay ‘Rivers of Babylon‘ by Boney M. 🌊

Colors attack with 3d anaglyphic glasses: virtual reality and mail art by Prof. Bad Trip

Firstly said, colors and lines are going to be the protagonists since they are the special guests of the paintings we’re going to see. They drew my attention since some years ago, when I firstly heard about Professor Bad Trip by looking at some cover books by an Italian write – Niccolò Ammaniti –  and still are the very core of his saucerful work of arts I was lucky to see:

Prof. Bad Trip, lesson n.2 exhibit in Rome
Prof. Bad Trip, lesson n.2 exhibit in Rome
Arte Mutante
Arte Mutante

 

The paintings and multiple installations tell the story of his life: you can see his capability to experiment with several supports and materials, as well as using combination of colors which livens up his works and make them even more psychedelic than they could be: Indian ink drawings, comics, illustrations and collages, they always present the same icons as eyes, skulls, semi-human robots, hallucinogenic views, rich and popular people, mutant organisms, meteors and alien creatures…

Bad Eye by Prof. Bad Trip
Prof. Bad Trip

The entrance of Palazzo Velli Expo:

Entrance at Palazzo Velli Expo, Rome

 

 

Bad eye by Prof bad Trip
Bad eye by Prof bad Trip

Then, his experimental works with several types of support as screen prints, sculptures, ink on paper and drawings:

 

 

Robot II by Prof Bad Trip
Robota II by Prof Bad Trip

 

Lego Robot 2004
Lego Robot 2004

 

Robot is smiling too, Prof. Bad Trip
Robot is smiling too, Prof. Bad Trip

 

Robota by Prof. Bad Trip
Robota by Prof. Bad Trip

 

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Then the series dedicated to #flowerpower 🌺🌻🌸..where the colour contrasts empower the illustrations and pictorial works:

Acid flowers, by Prof. Bad Trip
Acid flowers, by Prof. Bad Trip

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Gianluca Lerici – the actual name of Prof. Bad Trip – was – and still is – also one of the representative of Mail art, that kind of art communication which was popular in the early 60s when the ‘mail’ channel was considered a prominent way to promote arts and social values to spread one own’s work of art by challenging the regular channels – that is to say, the art the was able to propagate despite the fact that an artist was able to find a good gallery or available spaces to exhibit their arts:

Mail art, postcards by Prof. Bad Trip
Mail art, postcards by Prof. Bad Trip

 

Mail art

The state of Chaos by Prof. Bad Trip
collage by Prof. Bad Trip
Gianluca Lerici, Prof. Bad Trip
Gianluca Lerici, Prof. Bad Trip

 

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Series of works of art by Prof. Bad Trip

 

A commemorative stamp for Prof. Bad Trip
A commemorative stamp for Prof. Bad Trip

 

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Triptych - first painting
Triptych – first painting

 

Triptych - second painting
Triptych – second painting

 

Triptych - third painting
Triptych – third painting

 

Trittico Space‘ – These are one of his most important work: the triptych, the bas space, which ends the exhibit. You can choose to stare at it or live it thanks to the virtual reality app that has been developed in order to engage the audience and let them fell free to swim in it, surf it, catch all the meteors or just enjoy the trip offered by the Professor..

sculpture in the space
sculpture in the space

 

If you want to enjoy more of his works, Teké Gallery did a complete study and tries to introduce Prof. Bad Trip as his actual nature of avant-garde punk artist. Here you can find a digital catalogue, you can leaf through the pages of this book…

#NoteOfTheDay Basic Instinct by The Acid

Ducati firstly produced radio tools, then motor and motorbikes

Do you know that the most popular brand of Italian motorbikes Ducati was firstly a Radio Company?! 😳

Its name was Società Radio Brevetti Ducati, based in Bologna (which is not Borgo Panigale, but in the very heart of the city) and founded by the 3 Ducati brothers. One of them, infact, was a physicist and he firstly discovered how to connect an Italian radio station with an American one: thanks to a condenser that improved the radio transmissions, Ducati business was boosted all over the world, and they became one of the leader company for radio tools and freequencies.

Radio Brevetti Ducati, 20s' Bologna
Radio Brevetti Ducati, 20s’ Bologna

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Then our history told us about the Second World War, and in that period, Ducati was asked to produce useful products for the Army: in that moment it started to develop specific bikes, or better, motorbikes as Cucciolo, the very first one:

Cucciolo motorbike by Ducati
Cucciolo, the first motorbike by Ducati
The heart of Cucciolo by Ducati
The heart of Cucciolo by Ducati

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ducati motorbikes
Ducati motorbikes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Regina d'Africa motorbike for Dakar, Museo Ducati, Borgo Panigale
Regina d’Africa motorbike for Dakar, Museo Ducati, Borgo Panigale
Red Ducati, Museo of Borgo Panigale
Red Ducati, Museo of Borgo Panigale

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Scrambler, the adventurer motorbike by Ducati
Scrambler, the adventurer motorbike by Ducati

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The visit to the museum ended up after a tour of the industry where you can have a look to the production lines and process but it was absolutely forbidden to take pics 🙄

To finish, here you are some pics of the surrounding buildings

Ducati at Borgo Panigale, the surrounding
Ducati at Borgo Panigale, the surrounding

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The last supper by Vasari unveiled: one night at the Opera of Santa Croce

Yes it’s hard to be believe, above all if thinking that that night was a Saturday night!

Who can imagine to be involved in a surprisingly exhibit on a Sat night? And in a church? Well it can happen, it happened. Saturday night, November 5th 2016.

It was almost midnight when the news came to my ears: ”The last supper‘ by Vasari will be shown at the Opera of Santa Croce for free – only for a night, due to the 50th anniversary of Florence flood – the disastrous flood of 1966 which destroyed half of the city…Vasari painting included.

Here you are what I was lucky to see..the Vasari unveiled at the Opera of Santa Croce:

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Last dinner by Vasari, Santa Croce, Florence
The last ssupper by Vasari, Santa Croce, Florence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In one of the inner room, there were projections related to the worst flood ever – at least in Florence:

Florence flood 1966
Florence flood 1966

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During that flood – it was said – that the most of the city heritage was completely destroyed. The Vasari painting that was in the church of Santa Croce at that moment, was completely damaged by the water, and that’s why its restoration has been chosen as a symbol for the 50th anniversary after the big flood.

Enjoy my last pics of the Opera of Santa Croce:

Opera of Santa Croce, Florence
Opera of Santa Croce, Florence

 

..even if I suggest to visit it to have a look and see directly the painting and the Opera too! 🙌

Projections and lights in Santa Croce, Florence
Projections and lights in Santa Croce, Florence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#NoteOfTheDay ‘Only for a night‘ by Florence and the machine

Feeling Pink with the Brit Floyd, the official Pink Floyd tribute band

Starting with the Pink Floyd cover of Another Brick in the wall…just to be projected in the context…

Well, pink, that’s how I tried to be and feel yesterday while waiting for this unexpected show: the official Pink Floyd tribute band live, the Brit Floyd.

Before entering the show, audience was also warned about lights effects which could bother someone – this only made people more curious about what we were going to see..

first of all:

Brit Floyd - live show in Florence 2016
Brit Floyd – live show in Florence 2016

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Brit Floyd
Brit Floyd

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Then it comes the psychedelic version:

Battersea Bridge station in the back and psychedelic mood
Battersea Bridge station in the back and psychedelic mood

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Psychedelic faith and dark side
Psychedelic faith and dark side

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#NoteOfTheDay Time – The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973

Renaissance, Medici and Bargello: the #Florencetoenjoy

Marble David by Donatello, 1404

Are you wondering where to go if you’re in relax, in Florence, in a sunny day, reading that museums are free because it’s the last Sunday of the month?

Bargello Museum, Florence
Bargello Museum, Florence

…This is the solution number 1

Here you are a sort of Bargello-pictures-show with some details about its artists and scultures. Take it as a sort of tour, for those who still not have the chance to go.

Entrance/view from the top:image

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Bacco, Bargello, Florence
Birds sculptures by Giambologna
Birds sculptures by Giambologna

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Then there is the Majolicas and pottery room:

Ceramics and majolicas pottery room in Bargello
Ceramics and majolicas pottery room in Bargello
Cantagalli manufacture
Cantagalli manufacture

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Here you are the beauty accessories: the oldest bags made of pottery, ivory mirrors, jewels, chess and unbelievable staff and ornaments 😵

The very first bag made by pottery
The very first bag made by pottery
Ivory works of art used to cover a little mirror
Ivory works of art used to cover a little mirror

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The very first chess made by ivory
The very first chess made by ivory
Hamlets and knives, Bargello
Hamlets and knives, Bargello:

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Jesters sticks
Ornaments made by coral
Ornaments made by coral

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Hamlets
Jewels in Bargello
Jewels in Bargello

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Mother-of-pearl elements
Mother-of-pearl elements

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Then you arrive in the Islamic room with its completely covered walls, dark atmosphere and detailed ornaments:

Islamic room, Bargello
Islamic room, Bargello

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Islamic pattern, Bargello
Islamic pattern, Bargello

…and the last biggest, brilliant and crowded room is the main central one with both the David statues:

Main room at Bargello, with Davids
Main room at Bargello, with ‘Davids’
David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence
David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence
Marble David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence
Marble David by Donatello, Bargello, Florence

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and the heraldic lion which is located in the middle of the room, Marzocco:

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Marzocco by Donatello,the heraldic lion of Florence

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After some hours, you can also enjoy the solution number 2

Medici chapels

Inside the Medici Chapels, Florence
Inside the Medici Chapels, Florence

Here you are the Chapel of Princes where the Medici are buried:image

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The Chapel of Princes, dome designed by Buontalenti

 

 

 

 

Medici Chapel details, Florence
Medici Chapel details, Florence

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Florence Dome, Medici Chapel, Florence

#NoteOfTheDay ‘Renaissance‘ by Paolo Buonvino & Skin

 

 

 

Long gone day, the song says

Long gone day.. is the title of a great song that came to my mind after I decided to have a long long walk. This walk had to be in a naturalistic place, with not many people, towards the top of the city – which basically is a place for tourists, but luckily, they’re not so mad like me to choose the warmest hours of the day. I generally love to explore these areas with long random walking moments which last almost 2 hours, maybe more…

And I generally take at least 1 picture a step 🙌 – these were the last 10 steps, the hardest ones:

San Niccolò Tower - Florence

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Florence from the top - San Miniato
Florence from the top – San Miniato

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Florence view from San Miniato Cemetery
Florence view from San Miniato Cemetery

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Florence view
Florence view

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Go walking, sightseeing and relaxing while listening to your favourite music thanks to the playlist you’ve just created exactly to enjoy your walk-state-of-mind. Well, you can also think about your life, but I suggest not to do it too much 😜💁

#NoteOfTheDay Long gone day by Mad Season

 

Magna Greece, arts and projections of a show in Basilicata

Magna Grecia, Senise
Magna Greece, Senise

Among the variety of things you can choose to spend it’s a good choice to spend some hours doing something you always think could be a little boring: I’m talking about spending some hours at the theatre, instead of the ordinary daily routine. It has been a mix of historical narrative about Magna Greece myths totally surrounded by a modern scenery full of projections, lights, colours and fountains.

I’m talking about a theatrical pièce which takes place in a new amphitheater built in Senise, a little town of Basilicata, in the South of Italy. It’s the first epic about Greek domination in this territory that then became Magna Greece:

Magna Grecia - myths of the origins
Magna Greece – myths of the origins

Magna Grecia - myths of the origins

Claudio Santamaria, main actor - Magna Grecia - myths of the origins
Claudio Santamaria, main actor – Magna Greece – myths of the origins, together with Giancarlo Giannini, one of the most popular Italian actor

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…the story is told towards the extraordinary special effects of water and projections, and it’s about Alexios, the protagonist, who wants to travel the world and this journey will make him widen Magna Greece kingdom:

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#NoteOfTheDay Inception soundtrack: Projections