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Exploring the art of ancient America. The world that wasn’t there, the Ligabue Collection in FlorenceAdriano Favaro

On seeing gold and jade artefacts newly arrived in Spain, the ambassadors of Europe were deeply impressed and expressed their amazement in letters to their sovereigns and governments. The great artist Albrecht Dürer wrote: “These things are more beautiful than wonders … In my lifetime I have never... "Read More"

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Of Sirens and mermaids. From ancient myths and sea stories to self insightEmanuele Coco

We encounter them on reading Homer, in Northern European mythologies or with a leading role in stories by Tomasi di Lampedusa, Céline and Andersen. Sirens and mermaids are something we take for granted, but their deepest meaning possibly eludes us. In the famous episode in the Odyssey, the Sirens a... "Read More"

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Identifying with animals. African ritual sculptures and the Western view of natureElsa Mimram

In all places and in all ages, animals have been depicted in paintings and sculptures: from the walls of the Lascaux caves to Damien Hirst’s vitrines of butterflies. Among the most striking examples are animals on ritual objects, whether they are African or from other continents. Instruments or aids... "Read More"

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The adventurous story of the mechanical Internet. Chappe’s revolutionary optical telegraphMassimo Marchiori

“I may lose a battle, but I shall never lose a minute.” Napoleon's famous phrase contains the key to his success – time. The French emperor explained further: “Strategy is the art of using time and space well. I am less interested in the latter than the former: I can recapture space but never time.”... "Read More"

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The Native Americans of Cahokia. Mississippian cultures in pre-colonial North AmericaDavide Domenici

Influenced by decades of Westerns, novels and cartoons, we usually imagine North American Indians as horseback hunters who lived in hide tepee camps, which they could move easily as they followed nomadic seasonal circuits and bison herds. This image, albeit now attenuated in the name of the politic... "Read More"

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The Master of Malamocco. Travels with Hugo Pratt and the inimitable Corto MalteseGiulietta Roccanelli

Frank Miller dedicated “Silent Night”, a story in Sin City to him. Milo Manara drew a “Tribute for Corto”, and Moebius (Jean Giraud) and Jacques Tardi made the pages of the Parisian periodical A suivre an intense, passionate notebook of memories. Other tributes came from Umberto Eco (“When I want t... "Read More"

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Ecce Homo. Evolution, environment and development: a look at the futureGiancarlo Ligabue

If we wish to visualize human evolution on Earth in graphic terms we might draw a rising line. Whereas true phylogenetic development would be much more like a many-branched tree representing various human species over time and space. The human family tree is far from being complete: living branche... "Read More"

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Exploring Royal Archives from 4,000 years ago. The incredible discovery of EblaPaolo Matthiae

The eleventh archaeological campaign exploring Ebla in 1975 was as exciting as it was complex and exhausting. That exceptional season of excavation has made history and has entered into the legend of Ancient Near Eastern archaeology. The University of Rome mission discovered thousands of cuneiform t... "Read More"

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A story of light. From rock-crystal lens to twisting wavesFabrizio Tamburini

“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travellers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems... But all these stars are silent. You, you alone will have stars... "Read More"

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