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First Ever US exhibition of Renaissance Painter Carlo Crivelli Opens at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

First Ever US exhibition of Renaissance Painter Carlo Crivelli Opens at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Ornament & Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice runs Oct. 22, 2015 – Jan. 25, 2016 Carlo Crivelli (about 1435–about 1495) is one of the most important – and historically neglected – artists of the Italian Renaissance. Distinguished by radically expressive compositions, luxuriant ornamental display, and bravura illusionism, his works push the boundaries between painting and...
Presidential Proclamation -- Columbus Day, 2015

Presidential Proclamation — Columbus Day, 2015

  “Columbus’s arrival in the New World inspired many and allowed for generations of Italians to follow — people whose Italian-American heritage contributes in immeasurable ways to making our country what it is, and who continue to help strengthen the friendship between the United States and Italy.”   BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES...
Hirshhorn’s “Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914–1971)”

Hirshhorn’s “Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914–1971)”

Showing Rare or Never-Before-Seen Works Collection Works Highlight Trends from Futurism to Arte Povera “Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914–1971)” runs Aug. 22–Jan. 3, 2016, at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. This exhibition of nearly 20 works from the museum’s collection follows Italian contributions to the transnational evolution of abstraction, through movements and tendencies such...
Italians born in Italy Continue to Be Treated As Second-Class Italian Citizens

Italians born in Italy Continue to Be Treated As Second-Class Italian Citizens

As Italian Americans who were born in Italy, we continue to be baffled by the Italian government’s inability to correct the bureaucratic nightmare that we must endure to “regain” our Italian citizenship – a constitutional right we never lost. We thank our Representative Hon. Fucsia Nissoli for continuing to fight for those of us who...
Italian Republic Day Message from Italian Amb Claudio Bisogniero

Italian Republic Day Message from Italian Amb Claudio Bisogniero

Dear fellow Italians, Today, June 2nd, 2015 we celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Founding of the Italian Republic. This is also the first time that our new Head of State, Sergio Mattarella, celebrates this special day. We recognize, in particular, the core values at the base of our unity: freedom, democracy, equality, and peaceful...
Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence

Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence

The first major retrospective exhibition ever presented of paintings by the imaginative Italian Renaissance master Piero di Cosimo (1462–1522) premieres at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, this Sunday, February 1 through May 3, 2015. Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence will showcase some 44 of the artist’s most compelling works....
War & Art.  Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I

War & Art. Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I

During the First World War even Italy’s historical and artistic heritage became a powerful propaganda tool for the country affected by the war. The art and beauty destroyed during air raids or land battles were further proof of the “enemy’s barbarity.” The planned or accidental destruction of artistic monuments had already been condemned by France...
At National Museum of Women in the Arts,  Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

At National Museum of Women in the Arts, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

Landmark exhibition explores images of Virgin Mary by renowned Renaissance and Baroque artists. Appearing throughout the entire world, her image is immediately recognizable. In the history of Western art, she was one of the most popular subjects for centuries. On view Dec. 5, 2014–April 12, 2015, Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea, is a landmark exhibition...
Lido Civic Club of Washington DC to Host Annual Past Presidents Night, November 22, 2014

Lido Civic Club of Washington DC to Host Annual Past Presidents Night, November 22, 2014

The Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC will honor their Woman and Man of the Year for 2015. They are Gracia Martore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gannett Co., Inc. and Joseph A. Martore, President & Chief Executive Officer of CALIBRE Systems Inc. The Lido Civic Club will also honor Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General...
Italian Justice Minister Andrea Orlando Meets U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Italian Justice Minister Andrea Orlando Meets U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Italian Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando,who is in Washington DC to participate in the EU-US meeting on justice and Home Affairs (JHA), met today with his counterpart U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, at the U.S Department of Justice.  At a press conference, Orlando stressed the collaboration between the U.S. and Europe noting in particular the collaboration in...
Titian's Danaë in Washington inaugurates Italy's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Titian’s Danaë in Washington inaugurates Italy’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The Danaë (1544-45) by Titian, one of the masterpieces that best represents the Italian Renaissance, marked the inauguration today, in the nation’s capital, of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Representatives of the U.S. administration, members of the diplomatic corps, and the press gathered at the National Gallery of Art, where...
Messaggio dell'Ambasciatore Claudio Bisogniero ai connazionali in occasione del 2 Giugno 2014

Messaggio dell’Ambasciatore Claudio Bisogniero ai connazionali in occasione del 2 Giugno 2014

Cari Connazionali, quella del 2 giugno è la più importante ricorrenza istituzionale del nostro Paese perché in questa data celebriamo la fondazione stessa della Repubblica, basata sui valori della libertà, della democrazia, dell’uguaglianza e della pacifica convivenza tra i popoli. Proprio quei valori, quindi, che ci uniscono profondamente al grande Paese che ci ospita, gli...