Sunday, December 02, 2018

Christmas Gifts - Books by Friends





“Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
 Arnold Lobel

Books by Friends for Christmas
Here are some of my friend’s latest books, I want to share them with you, they make perfect gifts for Christmas. The photographs of the authors are taken from my blog at various events. Also …
  
“I cannot live without books.”

 Thomas Jefferson


Ottavia Casagrande
Quando si spense la notte. Il principe di Trabia, la spia che non voleva la guerra 
Feltrinelli - Italian
September 3, 1939: with the outbreak of the Second World War, how long will the non-aggression of Italy last? Galeazzo Ciano, Minister of Foreign Affairs, aware of how troops of the Kingdom are unprepared, is looking for a man of trust who will help him keep Italy away from the conflict. Already a volunteer in Spain with the Franchists and decorated with military valor, eccentric, open-minded, famous for his unruly life, Raimondo Lanza Branciforte, Prince of Trabia works for the SIM, the military intelligence service of the regime, and is the right man to whom entrust this risky mission.


 

Vera Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, Raimonda Lanza di Trabia, Fabrizia Caracciolo di Castagneto and Ottavia Casagrande
Venice - Palazzo Papadopoli. Aman Canal Grande Venice – Mi Tocchera Ballare L’Ultimo Principe di Trabia book launch



 

Andrea di Robilant
Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse
Atlantic Books – English and Italian
The remarkable story of Hemingway's love affair with both the city of Venice and the muse he found there - a young Italian girl who inspired him to complete his great final work. In the autumn of 1948 Hemingway and his fourth wife traveled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called 'a goddam wonderful city'.




Alessandra and Andrea di Robilant
 Venice - Le Stanze del Vetro - Ettore Sottsass: The Glass Exhibition


 


Elena d'Aosta - curated Alessandro Gradenigo and Paolo Gaspari
preface Monica Dialuce Gambino
Accanto agli eroi. Diario della Duchessa d'Aosta: 3
Gaspari - Italiano
The story, told through the diaries of the voluntary aid nurses of the Red Cross, of their adventures during the last year of the war - from Caporetto to the Battle of the Solstice, from the Battle of Vittorio Veneto to the occupation of unredeemed territories. - A story that is like the screenplay of a film, with hundreds of unpublished photos, biographies and maps of the location of all the hospitals and field hospital camps.


photograph courtesy of the author

Alessandro Gradenigo and Macleod




Lydia Fasoli – Toto Bergamo Rossi – photographs Marie Morel 
preface Jude Law
Venice The Art of Living
Rizzoli – English and Italian
This beautiful volume takes the reader behind the fabulous facades of Venice to explore its grand interiors and local cuisine. Featuring lively anecdotal text and stunning color photographs of private interiors otherwise not open to the public, and including recipes from Venice and the surrounding Veneto region. 



 

Toto Bergamo-Rossi, Barry Friedman and Valentina Marini Clarelli Nasi
Murano - Museo del Vetro - The Barry Friedman Collection

  Photograph courtesy of the author

France Thierard
Venice as I love it. A guide to get lost with
Elzeviro – Italian, French and English
Venice as I love it, is a travel book for women to dream and to get lost in, a valuable book of information. It, is a guide by the traveler, France Thierard, who lives in Venice and shares with readers her secrets, as well as, those of her friends in the Serenissima. You can identify yourself with the different personalities in the book; The Dreamer, The Adventuress, The Erudite and The Elegant, all who share their art of living and confide their secret rendezvous and places.

 
France Thierard
Venice - Highlights: France Thierard – Venezia Come Piace a Me – Guide Book

 
Flavio Lucchini
Il destino. Dovevo fare il contadino ma ho incontrato la moda (e non sono uno stilista)
ilmiolibro self-publishing – Italian
The autobiography tells the story of the golden years of Italian fashion through memories, meetings, great designers, magazines and  the protagonists of the publishing and art worlds. Flavio Lucchini, art director and intellectual, created some of the most important fashion magazines of the time, from Amica to Vogue Italia, L'Uomo Vogue, to Lei, Donna, Moda and others, before moving on to art that “talks about fashion”. An interesting journey of life and fashion with in an unprecedented background.


 
 Flavio Lucchini and Stefano Boeri

Triennale di Milano - Flavio Lucchini – Ricomincio da 90

 

Carolyn Marks Blackwood – Artist – Barbara Rose and Aruna D’Souza Authors
The Story Series
Roberto Polo Gallery - English
In the past, Carolyn Marks Blackwood's photographs have ranged from abstractions to specific subjects that reference nature. The Story Series is different. These large-scale monumental photographs are captioned with a line of script that provokes the viewer to complete the story that Blackwood initiates. Those captions are psychologically charged. Each viewer completes the story Blackwood sets into motion, thus becoming the author of his or her own personal narrative. People have never inhabited Blackwood's photographs. The Story Series is no exception. No human beings are in sight, but the photographs conjure invisible characters, whose fates are suggested by a narrative caption at the bottom of each image. Drawing on all of her extensive visual experiences, as well as her own feelings and emotions, Blackwood creates a new kind of photograph that demands the participation of the viewer, lending her images a distinct and original urgency and poignancy ... 




Carolyn Marks Blackwood


 
Louis Huart – illustrations Paul Gavarni
Curated – Giovanni Gregoletto and Stefano Salis with Maria Emanuela Congia Luca Busetto and Miro Graziotin – preface Giuseppe Scaraffia
Filosofia Del Sarto
Edizioni SUV – Italian
"When I will be a family man with a son of twenty and, if I live in the province, I will accompany him to the stagecoach station Laffitte et Caillard and there, on the platform of the coach for Paris, I will tell him in a grave tone of voice: "O my son! Before you leave for Paris ... I have only one thing to do tell you: choose a good tailor! "Apricots, melons and men are judged by their appearance.”
 


Giovanni and Virginia Gregoletto
Veneto - Follina: - Music-Style – An Impromptu Recital in a Brewery

 
Joan Juliet Buck
The Price of Illusion
Washington Square Press - English
From Joan Juliet Buck, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and “one of the most compelling personalities in the world of style” (New York Times) comes her dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, L.A. and Paris. In a book as rich and dramatic as the life she’s led, Joan Juliet Buck takes us into the splendid illusions of film, fashion, and fame to reveal, in stunning, sensual prose, the truth behind the artifice.



Tai Missoni and Joan Juliet Buck
Vintage Party Photographs - 1990s - The Missoni After Show Dinner Party

 
 Isabella Palumbo Fossati Casa

Dentro le case. Abitare a Venezia nel Cinquecento
Gambier Keller – Italian and French
A scholarly journey, lively and exciting in the Venetian daily life of the sixteenth century through the study of 600 inventories preserved in the archives of the notaries of the Serenissima, now in the State Archives of Venice. The description of the furniture, the internal structure of the house, the types of ornaments and decorations refer to the social location and personality of those who lived there. A micro history of people, traders, exponents of the liberal arts, patricians that composes the image of a Venice full of life, open and welcoming, cosmopolitan and rich in goods, diversity and cultures.


 
Isabella Palumbo Fossati Casa
Casa dei Tre Oci
- Solve et Coagula - Massimo Micheluzzi


N.B.
Books
 All books, unless otherwise stated, can be bought through the various Amazon websites
Photographs
All photographs of authors, unless otherwise stated, are by Nally Bellati and from
http://contessanally.blogspot.com/









 


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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Possagno: Possagno - Gysotheca e Museo Antonio Canova - Canova George Washington

photograph by Fabio Zonta - courtesy Fondazione Canova Onlus 

Possagno - Gysotheca e Museo Antonio Canova  
Canova I George Washington
Directly from New York, after being on show at The Frick Collection, the exhibition Canova George Washington arrives at the Gysotheca e Museo Antonio Canova in Possagno, until April 28, and is curated by Mario Guderzo in collaboration with Xavier F. Salomon, Chief Curator of The Frick Collection. The exhibition was organized jointly by both museums to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Antonio Canova's production of the model for the monument of the First American President  and therefore thus honoring the great Italian sculptor, first ambassador for Italian art in America
Antonio Canova - George Washington - Modello - 1818
plaster
http://www.frick.org

Curators
 Xavier F. Salomon, Chief Curator of The Frick Collection 
Mario Guderzo director of the Gysotheca e Museo Antonio Canova


Antonio Canova - George Washington - Bossetto - 1817
plaster  
In 1816, the North Carolina State House in Raleigh commissioned a full-length statue of George Washington to stand in the hall of the State SenateThomas Jefferson, believing that no American sculptor was up to the task, recommended Antonio Canova (1757–1822), then one of Europe’s most celebrated artists. The first and only work Canova created for America, the statue depicted the nation’s first president in ancient Roman garb, per Jefferson’s urging, drafting his farewell address to the states. It was unveiled to great acclaim in 1821, and people traveled from far and wide to see it. Tragically, only a decade later, a fire swept through the State House, reducing the statue to just a few charred fragments.The exhibition in Possagno traces the history of the lost masterpiece, probably the least known public monument among those performed by Canova. For the first time, the full-scale plaster preparatory model, four preparatory models, the related drawings and the translation engravings are seen together. 

  
Xavier F. Salomon, Chief Curator of The Frick Collection and Armando Varricchio, Italian Ambassador to Washington


 Sir Thomas Lawrence - Antonio Canova - portrait -1815–19
oil on canvas


Canova by Fabio Zonta 
Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova
Also on show the  photographic exhibition Canova by Fabio Zonta which was previously presented at the Italian Consulate in New York, it hosts giant format photographs of the works from the Gypsotheca di Possagno including some interpretations of George Washington's sculptures.


Fabio Zonta
Photographer Fabio Zonta, has collaborated with major architectural and design magazines and in the realization of various films on architecture. From his first exhibition in 2003 he has focused on the photographic interpretation of nature and still life.


 Fabio Zonta - Canova photographs 

  
Romano Vio - New Canova
Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova 
A seperate exhibition documents the restoration of Canova's sculptures by Romano Vio (1913 - 1984), sculptor and lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Venice  Thanks to his skill as a modeler he was commissioned by the Superintendency to produce the new model of the George Washington sculpture from the work preserved in Possagno, which he sculpted in Pietrasanta marble in 1970, the monument is now exposed in Raleigh, North Carolina to replace that of Canova destroyed in 1831.


Possagno - Gysotheca e Museo Antonio Canova  
The Opening Ceremony

photograph by Fabio Zonta - courtesy Fondazione Canova Onlus 

Canova by Fabio Zonta  



 

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