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Caravaggio, The Murderer

Our guide and founder Jason takes a walk at the Borghese Gallery to discover Caravaggio's secret shady past. 
For details of our small group Borghese tours (including pre-reserved Borghese tickets), visit: http://www.walksofitaly.com/tour_bookings/tour_all_listing/1/32 

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The Borghese Gallery - Rome

The Borghese Gallery in Rome is one work of art contains many others; it is a treasure trove that was commissioned by Scipione Borghese during the 17th Century.
Scipione was a sort of talent scout during his day; it was he who offered enhanced fame and opportunity to both Caravaggio and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. 
The Villa in which the Gallery is housed hosts the largest collection of Caravaggios in the world, along with a great number of Bernini's masterpieces, from Aeneas and Anchises and the Rape of Proserpina to his sculpture of David and of Apollo and Daphne, among several others. 
We also find here one of the most famous Canova statues in the world, the magnificent portrait of Paolina Borghese (Paolina Bonaparte).

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Thumb-one you know? Italian artist creates incredibly good portraits of famous (and infamous) faces

Thumb-one you know? Italian artist creates incredibly good portraits of famous (and infamous) faces | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Inventive Dito Von Tease, from Bologna, has produced digitally altered versions of everyone from Dalai Lama and Jesus to Colonel Gaddafi and Hitler.

Finger puppets can provide hours of amusement.
But this talented artist has put his digits to even more impressive use by turning them into lifelike recreations of famous faces.
The inventive Italian, from Bologna, has produced versions of everyone from Dalai Lama and Jesus to Colonel Gaddafi and Hitler.

He works under the pseudonym Dito Von Tease, in reference to the burlesque dancer Dita and because 'il dito' means 'the finger'.
The 'Ditology' project aims to look at our sense of identity and how we use disguises - particularly when we leave a 'digital fingerprint' online.

It all started three years ago, when Von Tease, 33, was looking for an original avatar to use as his profile picture on Facebook.
Von Tease said he chose a finger as a disguise because he was not keen to reveal his identity.
He said: 'In Italian someone could say I wanted to "hide myself behind my finger [trans: nascondermi dietro un dito]" - it's a metaphor to indicate a not-very-effective hiding place.

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Mystery of the cockatoo in a 15th century Italian painting

Mystery of the cockatoo in a 15th century Italian painting | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The appearance of a cockatoo in a 15th century Italian Renaissance painting has led historians to reconsider what they know of early trading routes to Europe.
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Tribute to Gino Marotta - Vogue.it

Tribute to Gino Marotta - Vogue.it | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Gino Marotta, who passed away in Rome a few days ago, was one of the most significant Italian artists in the post-war period. A painter, academic, sculpture and set designer for Carmelo Bene, Gino Marotta had his works displayed at the Louvre Museum and at the major contemporary art museums in the world, as well as at the Venice Biennale and recently had opened a retrospective at Gnam (National Gallery of Modern Art) in Rome.

We shared two passions with this artist who, having born in Molise, moved to Rome and was awarded honorary citizenship for a small village in the Marche region: the love for contemporary art and that for the Marche where he built a beautiful house-museum in the woods reflecting on the waters of a charming lake. In the latest years of his life, Gino loved designing nature-inspired figurines in methacrylate: the oaks and trees typical of the Marche but also elegant ostriches, agile panthers and the majestic elephants of an imaginary zoo characterized by polished shapes and vivid colours.

Those who were lucky to know and be friend with him will always remember the absolute devotion to the art, the love for nature, the light-hearted scepticism, the good-natured wit and the taste for beauty of an artist of exceptional value and a great heart.

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