7 GOOD REASONS TO VISIT PRATO, ITALY

Fabrics vagary at the Museo del Tessuto, 1700 amazing embroidery, biscuits dated 1858, how to became a crewelwork artist and more…

At the top of my list
The Museo del Tessuto hosting the exhibit Il Capriccio e La Ragione ,

me, having a great time at at the exhibit

Here you will find a luxurious display of embroideries, silks, brocades, and lampasses from 1600, when new nations were discovered and new costumes  images and stories were imported to Europe.

Porcelains, paintings of landscapes, and the new profession of the fabric painter  starting from the vagary of remembering antique historical ruins to portraits either official or private.

France launched and updated this elaborate fashion, stating different styles, from bizarre to dentelle, to the beautiful drawings of Jean Revel, a major figure in Lyonnaise silk from the 18th century and a pioneer of the French style, who carried his innovative style beyond the courts of Versailles and Paris.

In the center: the exhibit curator Daniela Degl’Innocenti

The exhibit will be on till April 29th 2018.
Plan your visit to Prato because …here 6 more reasons to visit this Tuscany jewel.

Palazzo Pretorio  Austere and imposing this impressive palace has dominated Prato’s Piazza del Comune for more than eight hundred years acting as a silent witness to the political, civil and military history of the city.
The Duomo with its spectacular pulpit by Donatello

ART ARTICLES by CESARE ZUCCA

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“Wonder is the salt of the earth” said the Artist who said ‘No’ to Mick Jagger

Forty four years have gone by since Escher’s death,
still today his art doesn’t show any sign of dating, qq2ojwLpbkIQrVmVC7PZ2CAgKBS1WsyLePNPsE-JD-0,dUlbBdRyTun_9FaNQdj43jQk21iWT1oIyaoH23TNgRoHe turns geometric research and rigour into the purest visionary aesthetics,  combines a range of different languages into a new and intriguing itinerary that represents a one off in the history of art across all ages and continues to thrill the wider public.content
A  super exhibit of the one of a kind artist who used to say that “Wonder is the salt of the earth”, is greatly hosted by the Palazzo Reale in Milan till January 22th, 2017.
Escher may be credited with broadening the imagination of those who gaze at or have gazed at his works, where everything is connected: science,
nature, analytical rigour and a contemplative quality.66KWHd4PrCxNXuu2wD7XhFg60cfQUlWMi-jy5RAI9Dg-1
The ‘Escher like’ world today
Escher’s art left the confines of the studio and was transformed into gift boxes, postage stamps and greeting cards; it entered the world of comics and ended up on the LP sleeves of famous bands like Pink Floyd; and his impossible structures are used to allude to paradoxical situations or to astonish people with unrealizable constructions. Echoes of engravings (such as Relativity or House of Stairs) are to be found in the whirling stairs which lead Mickey Mouse and the Simpsons to get lost in an Escher like world.
Escheriansettings have been used in commercials like the one for Audi in 2007, based on the famous print Waterfall Hand with Reflecting Sphere Other World and Belvedere
were used by Illy Caffè for a 2006 advertising. A scene in the fantasy film
Labyrinth (1986), starring David Bowie and produced by George Lucas, is built around House of Stairs. Even the famous staircases at Hogwarts, in the Harry Potter saga, are a
dynamic transposition of this work, which also inspired one of the most striking scenes from Night at the Museum 3 and a Sky commercial. And what about that rumor that Escher refused to work or have his workused by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones? Absolutely true. On January 1, 1969, Mick Jagger, a big Escher fan, wrote a letter asking the Artist to provide an image for the Stones’ second volume of greatest hits. Well…turns out Escher was NOT a Stones fan, apparently preferred Bach and… the English rock band  Mott the Hoople, which could use a colorized versionof “Reptiles” on their self-titled debut album in 1969. No photo except the designated areas, where games of illusions optical dreams and mirrored mirages, will definitely catch you. Impossible not to selfie…IMG_1536IMG_1532
Escher exhibit will hypnotize you with
the images an Artist who said
‘My work is a game, , a very serious game’
for more info

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LIFESTYLE POSTS AND PHOTOS BY CESARE ZUCCA

Milan Fashion Week. September 2017  The shortest interview: ROSSELLA JARDINI

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-The inspiration?
Call it influence: The legendary 80′ fashion designer Giorgio Sant’Angelo, who was able to create romantic clothing that reflected the hippie culture
-Your collection is…
Chic, feminine, fun..and great model casting!
You love…
Turbans, cant’ you tell?
-Final statement?
I like to create clothes that I would enjoy wearing.
-May I have a selfie with you?
Sure, my old friend!rossella-jardinixwgsl

screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-15-26-50MILAN MEN  2017. REMIX: THE GREATEST PARTY WITH KING GIORGIO

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The launch of capsule collection REMIX party by Emporio Armani at the exclusive Excelsior store in Milan, was the hit of Sunday events during the Men collection for 2017.
Let my pics talk by themselves

 

 

The King and I

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SILENT SHOES. Here 3 great ones! Do you hate those noisy upstairs neighbors who walk like elephants? What about those loud high heels? Here 3 great, comfy and cozy…silent ones

  The “furlane” shoe-slippers are a typical example of an item that embodies history, culture and tradition while also being projected towards the future.IMG_0979Their delicacy and uniqueness were also seen as a precious trait.
In Venice, Groups of Friulian women – proud country folk but also indefatigable sellers – came with their wicker baskets to sell their shoe-slippers around the alleys and squares of Venice. the Gondoliers found their rubber soles perfect for conserving the paintwork of their precious gondolas.

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Today, you can still find the traditional “Furlane” inspired by the eighteenth-century splendour of the Serenissima republic, embellished with velvet or bright oriental silks, all guaranteed hand-sewn. Piedaterre  Address is S. Polo, 60 – Rialto,
Piedaterre will make them by hand.  Thanks to its rubber sole, here another very quiet one Crocs This shoe was originally developed as a boating shoe. Soon became a casual footwear for men, women and children. Today the brand has more than 300 styles of footwear including boots, wedges, loafers and more
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. All Crocs™ shoes feature Croslite™ material, a proprietary, revolutionary technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities that Crocs fans know and love. Since its inception in 2002, Crocs has sold more than 300 million pairs of shoes in more than 90 countries around the world.
Finally  a true discovery: a very silent yet pretty sexy green sandal by And  an adorable kids shoe called Petit IconaBio petitAll liners and insoles are entirely made of cork, to stay cool, comfortable and in “contact” with nature. Another speciaL feature of the collection is the selection of materials such as a special synthetic leather .Petit IconaBio  ballerinas and sandals is made in Italy,  noooo
The palette contains colors like lemon yellow, red earth, water blue, white.
Enjoy a quiet, silent walking…it will make you extremely relaxed
and it won’t bother the others!

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screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-15-26-20A rubber bracelet that looks like a bricklayer’s classic nail?

22 year old Italian Luca Cantamessa had a vision…A bracelet that could be simple, accessible, trendy and available in all the best clothing stores. Then he created CiöDGetFileAttachment
reinterpretation of a poor object which thanks to creativity turns into a 18 different colors luxury accessory. The nail is the symbol of work and this is why only prime quality materials are used and the entire production process is carried out in Italy, guaranteeing a prime quality finished product.
From 22-28 Euros and, obviously, one size fits all. IMG_0367

Check in the streets of Milano, the trendy ones are wearing it.

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Milan Fashion Week 2016 THE BEST AND THE WORST

Best location: MALIPARMI Chiostro del 1400 Via Cappuccio7
Worst fashion victims: Lui quadretta e Lei si butta sul pois. 6

Best bouncer: da PIAZZA SEMPIONE, quasi un Matt Dillon 18 anni.9Worst look for men: Pantaloni corti e rigati, ma per favore…Worst Donna Summer impersonation:a guest at Rosella Jardini 2Best Jungle location: PIAZZA PIEMONTE Best look in the street : A Shade inspired Madame 5

screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-15-26-40ANTONELLI does EAST!
From GOSSIP to Japan…

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The first opening in Korea is scheduled for September 2016 in the Coex Mall in Seoul, the largest financial and commercial district of the city.
 Congrats!

                               A dress to remember…sold for $ 4.8 millions
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  My dear friend photographer FIROOZ ZAHEDI
will host a book signing of his book MY ELISABETH

at Galleria Sozzani , corso Como 10 , Milan. on June 22  at 7.00 pm Capture_1_1024x1024It ‘s a great book with never seen before images of the Diva… including this beautiful , candid, intimate and lovely moment of Liz while cooking … 41a679e2c7fab998395bf3d3260f155e

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ESCHER
A  super exhibit of the one of a kind artist who used to say that “Wonder is the salt of the earth”, is greatly hosted by the Palazzo Reale in Milan till January 22th, 2017.
Escher may be credited with broadening the imagination of those who gaze at or have gazed at his works, where everything is connected: science,
nature, analytical rigour and a contemplative quality.66KWHd4PrCxNXuu2wD7XhFg60cfQUlWMi-jy5RAI9Dg-1
The ‘Escher like’ world today
Escher’s art left the confines of the studio and was transformed into gift boxes, postage stamps and greeting cards; it entered the world of comics and ended up on the LP sleeves of famous bands like Pink Floyd; and his impossible structures are used to allude to paradoxical situations or to astonish people with unrealizable constructions. Echoes of engravings (such as Relativity or House of Stairs) are to be found in the whirling stairs which lead Mickey Mouse and the Simpsons to get lost in an Escher like world.
Escheriansettings have been used in commercials like the one for Audi in 2007, based on the famous print Waterfall Hand with Reflecting Sphere Other World and Belvedere
were used by Illy Caffè for a 2006 advertising. A scene in the fantasy film
Labyrinth (1986), starring David Bowie and produced by George Lucas, is built around House of Stairs. Even the famous staircases at Hogwarts, in the Harry Potter saga, are a
dynamic transposition of this work, which also inspired one of the most striking scenes from Night at the Museum 3 and a Sky commercial.06QAmArvgyDFcev1Ftjm5Mno4-nUNJv0dR3BqA0W7Vo
And what about that rumor that Escher refused to work or have his work
used by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones?
Absolutely true.
On January 1, 1969, Mick Jagger, a big Escher fan, wrote a letter asking the Artist to provide an image for the Stones’ second volume of greatest hits. Well…turns out Escher was NOT a Stones fan, apparently preferred Bach and… the English rock band
Mott the Hoople, which could use a colorized versionof “Reptiles”
on their self-titled debut album in 1969.

No photo except the designated areas, where games of illusions optical dreams and mirrored mirages, will definitely catch you. Impossible not to selfie…Escher exhibit will hypnotize you with the images an Artist who said ‘My work is a game, , a very serious game’ for more info http://www.palazzorealemilano.it/wps/portal/luogo/palazzoreale

MILAN MEN COLLECTION 2017. ISAIA TAKES YOU TO CAPRI

Blue sky, gray sky, sun, rain, even a hailstorm…. A dramatic weather palette that was greatly pairing the palette of Isaia Spring / Summer 2017  that feeds on bright shades of color between the sky and sea. A compendium of …

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PARMA:STREET ART & CHARITY “ l’arte è cibo per la mente e per l’anima”3.Murales

Food is art and art is food for your mind and soul.

This is the theme of the the benefit exhibition, curated by Artist Felice Limosani, and held at the Crociera dell’ Ospedale Vecchio, a venue dated 1200. 13 food-related excesses in a provocative and irreverent exhibits featuring artists from around the world. At the Crociera dell’ Ospedale Vecchio Via D’Azeglio – Oltretorrente

LONDON TEDDY BOYS ARE BACK ! BUSINESSMEN NEVER IRON!

elenty 2 b wThe Eleventy Men’s SS 2016 collection is inspired by the London Teddy Boys of the 1950s, who brought back the notion of dressing well always and everywhere, creating their own hallmark style inspired by that of the dandies of the Edwardian era.
Dark jackets, drainpipe pants, waistcoats and major focus on details, biker jackets in washed black nappa, with zips flaunted as crucial elements,Antonelli 2_0014
For the man who is always on the go, Eleventy proposes a range of suits, jackets and pants made from precious wools that have been specially treated to enhance their resistance to atmospheric agents and insulation, so that they become no-iron and are never creased.
http://www.eleventy.it/en/

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Milan Fashion Week. The shortest interview: ROSSELLA JARDINI

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Location: the splendid Hotel De Milan, Via Manzoni
-The inspiration?
I’ d say the influence: The legendary 80′ fashion designer Giorgio Sant’Angelo, who was able to create romantic clothing that reflected the hippie culture of the era.
-Your collection is…
Chic, feminine, fun..and great model casting!
You love…
Turbans, cant’ you tell?
-Final statement?
I like to create clothes that I would enjoy wearing.
-May I have a selfie with you?
Sure, my old friend!rossella-jardinixwgsl zadhb uenmu n2f7k mw19r jymvg j0zle iyvyh ie9eb 9hkt4 8cznp 7maps 6dmdl

MILANO MEN COLLECTIONS 2017. REMIX: THE GREATEST PARTY WITH KING GIORGIO

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The launch of capsule collection REMIX party by Emporio Armani at the exclusive Excelsior store in Milan, was the hit of Sunday events during the Men collection for 2017.
Let my pics talk by themselves

a backpack to die for

a backpack to die for

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the legendary Cedrata Tassoni

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Roberta Armani

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A yummy tribute to Milan cuisine , the risotto alla milanese

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good example of remix: A Futuristic necklace meets vintage Courrèges optical glasses

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A display of the ‪#‎EmporioArmaniRemix‬ men’s capsule collection where the urban spirit and active lifestyle meet the world of music. In collaboration with Antonia.it and Excelsior Milano

 

 

 

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None of the lodel-looking waiters sported a beard A new trend?

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the royal family

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cute , cute , cute

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a selfie with my friend from China

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the party

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Those ‘eagle fly ‘ eyebrows… and what about the zebra  top?  ‘Cmon guys …

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two cool friends from Norwey

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bear & hairdo. I am not so sure about this look. Feel free to comment.

 

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the legendary eagles flies urban

 

 

 

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I want those shoes…

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Party photos  by Cesare Zucca © 2016

SILENT SHOES. Here 3 great ones!

Do you hate those noisy upstairs neighbors who walk like elephants?
What about those loud high heels?

Here 3 great, comfy and cozy… silent shoes

  The “furlane” shoe-slippers are a typical example of an item that embodies history, culture and tradition while also being projected towards the future.IMG_0979Their delicacy and uniqueness were also seen as a precious trait.
In Venice, Groups of Friulian women – proud country folk but also indefatigable sellers – came with their wicker baskets to sell their shoe-slippers around the alleys and squares of Venice. the Gondoliers found their rubber soles perfect for conserving the paintwork of their precious gondolas.

gondolieri

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 10.16.58

Today, a few yards from that majestic bridge, you can still find the traditional “Furlane” inspired by the eighteenth-century splendour of the Serenissima republic, embellished with velvet or bright oriental silks, all guaranteed hand-sewn.
The store is called Piedaterre  Address is S. Polo, 60 – Rialto,
Piedaterre will make them by hand.
Just call +39 041 5285513 M +39 348 5646548/5Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 09.36.19  Thanks to its rubber sole, here another very quiet one
Crocs
This shoe was originally developed as a boating shoe. Soon became a casual footwear for men, women and children. Today the brand has more than 300 styles of footwear including boots, wedges, loafers and more
crocs ny
. All Crocs™ shoes feature Croslite™ material, a proprietary, revolutionary technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities that Crocs fans know and love.
Since its inception in 2002, Crocs has sold more than 300 million pairs of shoes in more than 90 countries around the world.

Finally  a true discovery: a very silent yet pretty sexy green sandal by Iconabio  Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 09.54.09And  an adorable kids shoe called Petit IconaBio petitAll liners and insoles are entirely made of cork, to stay cool, comfortable and in “contact” with nature. Another special feature of the collection is the selection of materials such as a special synthetic leather .Petit IconaBio  ballerinas and sandals is made in Italy,  The palette contains colors like lemon yellow, red earth, water blue, white.

Enjoy a quiet, silent walking…it will make you extremely relaxed
and it won’t bother the others!noooo

 

 

A rubber bracelet that looks like a bricklayer’s classic nail?

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Luca Cantamessa
had a vision…

A bracelet that could be simple, accessible, trendy and available
in all the best clothing stores.CIOD visual cartella stampa copy

Then he created CiöDGetFileAttachment

the reinterpretation of a poor object which thanks to creativity turns into a 18 different colors luxury accessory.Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 11.54.33 The nail is the symbol of work and this is why only prime quality materials are used and the entire production process is carried out in Italy, guaranteeing a prime quality finished product. From 22-28 Euros and, obviously, one size fits all. IMG_0367

 

Check in the streets of Milano, the trendy ones are wearing it.

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Milan Fashion Week 2016 THE BEST AND THE WORST

Best location: MALIPARMI Chiostro del 1400 Via Cappuccio7
Worst fashion victims: Lui quadretta e Lei si butta sul pois. 6Best bouncer: da PIAZZA SEMPIONE, quasi un Matt Dillon 18 anni.9Worst look for men: Pantaloni corti e rigati, ma per favore…10

Best Hairdo: at Rossella JardinibellaWorst Donna Summer impersonation:a guest at Rosella Jardini 2Best Jungle location: PIAZZA PIEMONTE Collection8Worst man suit: No more mustard pleeeease4Best look in the street : A Shade inspired Madame 5Best backpack ever : Rossella Jardini Collection 3

ANTONELLI does EAST! From GOSSIP to Japan…

The iconic Gossip, the historic Castelfiorentino lingerie company that moved on to women’s shirts and three years ago changed its name to Antonelli Firenze, has just signed with L’Idea & Co, the Japanese group which from 2017 on will deal with the distribution of the Antonelli Firenze collection in Japan.Antonelli 2_0014Within this framework, the opening of a series of shop-in-shops is planned, including the inauguration of three in Tokyo. The Japanese debut comes just a few months after the agreement with the Korean group Parco International for the opening of at least seven Antonelli Firenze brand shop in shops over the next 5 years

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The first opening in Korea is scheduled for September 2016 in the Coex Mall in Seoul, the largest financial and commercial district of the city.
 Congrats!

A dress to remember…sold for $ 4.8 million.

May 1962 when the most powerful man in birthday party in the world,  a blonde and petite woman, took the stage to sing a special and sensual “Happy Birthday” to the US President John F. Kennedy,. Marylin was wrapped in a flesh-colored dress, decorated with 2 thousand and 500 hundred crystals. The dress went up for auction by Julien’s Auction in Beverly Hills, and has exceeded all expectations selling for $ 4.8 million. screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-18-03-51

The most ‘non boring’ Xmas tree… Get the app!

                   I saw it , I loved it … I got it and … all my family is playing now with it! The new smart lighting system that makes my Xmas tree so spectacular…
has a right name: Twinkly.screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-14-11-09
It is the evolution of the classic Christmas lights!.
A true innovation in how you light up your tree with endless possibilities
just right in your hand. screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-14-16-26

Draw & customize your own effects and control the lights
from the app…. and more of apps to come!

Here more info

Twinkly.

“Wonder is the salt of the earth” said the Artist who said ‘No’ to Mick Jagger

Forty four years have gone by since Escher’s death,
still today his art doesn’t show any sign of dating, qq2ojwLpbkIQrVmVC7PZ2CAgKBS1WsyLePNPsE-JD-0,dUlbBdRyTun_9FaNQdj43jQk21iWT1oIyaoH23TNgRoHe turns geometric research and rigour into the purest visionary aesthetics,  combines a range of different languages into a new and intriguing itinerary that represents a one off in the history of art across all ages and continues to thrill the wider public.content
A  super exhibit of the one of a kind artist who used to say that “Wonder is the salt of the earth”, is greatly hosted by the Palazzo Reale in Milan till January 22th, 2017.IMG_1524
Escher may be credited with broadening the imagination of those who gaze at or have gazed at his works, where everything is connected: science,
nature, analytical rigour and a contemplative quality.66KWHd4PrCxNXuu2wD7XhFg60cfQUlWMi-jy5RAI9Dg-1
The ‘Escher like’ world today
Escher’s art left the confines of the studio and was transformed into gift boxes, postage stamps and greeting cards; it entered the world of comics and ended up on the LP sleeves of famous bands like Pink Floyd; and his impossible structures are used to allude to paradoxical situations or to astonish people with unrealizable constructions. Echoes of engravings (such as Relativity or House of Stairs) are to be found in the whirling stairs which lead Mickey Mouse and the Simpsons to get lost in an Escher like world.17_pink_floyd_on_the_run
Escheriansettings have been used in commercials like the one for Audi in 2007, based on the famous print Waterfall Hand with Reflecting Sphere Other World and Belvedere
were used by Illy Caffè for a 2006 advertising. A scene in the fantasy film
Labyrinth (1986), starring David Bowie and produced by George Lucas, is built around House of Stairs. Even the famous staircases at Hogwarts, in the Harry Potter saga, are a
dynamic transposition of this work, which also inspired one of the most striking scenes from Night at the Museum 3 and a Sky commercial.06QAmArvgyDFcev1Ftjm5Mno4-nUNJv0dR3BqA0W7Vo
And what about that rumor that Escher refused to work or have his work
used by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones?
Absolutely true.
On January 1, 1969, Mick Jagger, a big Escher fan, wrote a letter asking the Artist to provide an image for the Stones’ second volume of greatest hits. Well…turns out Escher was NOT a Stones fan, apparently preferred Bach and… the English rock band
Mott the Hoople, which could use a colorized versionof “Reptiles”
on their self-titled debut album in 1969.
No photo except the designated areas, where games of illusions optical dreams and mirrored mirages, will definitely catch you. Impossible not to selfie…IMG_1536IMG_1532

Escher exhibit will hypnotize you with
the images an Artist who said
‘My work is a game, , a very serious game’IMG_1528
for more info

PARMA:STREET ART & CHARITY

“ Il cibo è arte e l’arte è cibo per la mente e per l’anima”3.Murales
Food is art and art is food for your mind and soul.
This is the theme of the the benefit exhibition, curated by Artist Felice Limosani, and held at the Crociera dell’ Ospedale Vecchio, a venue dated 1200.

13 food-related excesses in a provocative and irreverent exhibits featuring artists from around the world.27042016-workinprogressospedalevecchio 044 At the Crociera dell’ Ospedale Vecchio Via D’Azeglio – Oltretorrente
Info at http://www.cibus.it/cibusinfabula/27042016-workinprogressospedalevecchio 057

Hidden Venice. Giuliana and Giovanna hidden shops.

Are you a one-of-a-kind hats and shoes lover?  Are you planning to go to Venice, Italy? Check Giuliana Longo‘s little store in S. Marco, Calle del Lovo 4813, Venice.  This shop is the dream hat-cupboard of any true sartorialist, with styles that range from handmade Montecristi panama to modern foldable hot-pink that is perfect for a demanding, chic traveler. The biggest request of all?  The bareteri, a wide-brimmed gondolier’s hat best worn with a rakish tilt, ideal when traveling to sunny places. Giuliana is there most days, polishing leather aviator hats or affixing bands and flowers to her latest creations. www.giulianalongo.com

Are you a shoemaniac?  Get ready for some amazing stuff! Discover the unique hand-made creations  shoes by Giovanna Zanella who sells her designs in a rainbow-hued shop near the Rialto. Her handmade creations range from dazzling to outrageous.  It takes a certain panache (and generous credit limit) to wear what looks like a pair of exploding fireworks or a cobra on your feet. Her not so easy to find bottega is located at 5641 Castello.  www.giulianazanella.it