Halloween: Art History Style

There are a number of great exhibits going on right now in Bologna, some of which are lasting just a few more weeks, while others last through early next year, or are simply permanent. I visited a few museums last week and while I’m trying to find the time to actually post about them (and narrow down all of the photos I took), I thought … Continue reading Halloween: Art History Style

Italy on a Postcard

Bologna is a relatively big city, it’s a university city, and it’s a creative city. Combine those elements and it’s no surprise that you’ll often see protests and protest street art. Bleeding-heart liberal leftist socialist that I am, I tend to like a lot of it. The three countries I have family connections to — US, UK, Italy — all have crazy stuff going on … Continue reading Italy on a Postcard

Graduation Traditions

You don’t have to be a student or graduate of Bologna University (oldest continually operating university in the West) to be familiar with a few of the graduation traditions. You can’t help but come across them — and hear them — on a somewhat regular basis. For one thing, they’re not like in the US, at least, with one set graduation day; it’s basically whenever … Continue reading Graduation Traditions

Colorful Intersections

Look, I’m trying to post at least something. One of the things I love about Bologna are the wonderful street intersections where you find beautiful windows and portici arches and colors all combined in one view. This was one that caught my eye on a recent walk around town. You’ve got the warm colors of Bologna, the pointed and curved arches of the portici and … Continue reading Colorful Intersections

A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

Niccolò dell’Arca is the perfect example of the joys of trying to nail down even the most basic of details of early Renaissance artists. As in, no joy, because no one can decide on anything, from where he’s from to where he worked to when he completed certain works. Is he from Apuglia or Bari? Did he spend time in Dalmatia or were some of … Continue reading A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca