February 2008 Archives


Gio Ponti Ceramics

Gio Ponti Ceramics in NYC

The Italian Cultural Institue of New York is hosting an exhibition (until March 18, 2008) of rarely seen Gio Ponti ceramics loaned by the Museo Richard-Ginori della Manifattura di Doccia in Tuscany.





Italian Cultural Institute of New York
686 Park Ave., between 68th and 69th Sts.
Upper East Side
New York, NY 10065
tel: 212-879-4242

Museo Richard-Ginori della Manifattura di Doccia
Viale Pratese, 31
Localita Doccia
50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI)
tel: +39-055-4207767
The museum's second-floor gallery exhibits porcelains from the Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Modernist Giò Ponti, who spent the first 30 years of his artistic development as a designer at Ginori, is represented in a selection of vases and other aesthetically pleasing receptacles in the vestibule near the stairs.
Open only: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Categories: Art

Positano Mayor in New Jersey

Domenico Marrone exhibits in Lambertville.

The mayor of Positano will have an exhibition of his paintings in The Peggy Lewis Gallery beginning March 22, 2008. Mr. Marrone recently dedicated a Piazzetta in Positano to Mrs. Edna Lewis, the founder of the "Positano Art Workshop" and the mother in law of Peggy Lewis, both of whom resided in Lambertville and were very active in the art community.

The Peggy Lewis Gallery
Lambertville Public Library
6 Lilly St.
Lambertville , NJ 08530
tel: 609-397-0275

Categories: Art


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Parmigianino at The Frick Collection.

Born in Parma in 1503, Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola (known as Parmigianino) was taught painting techniques by his father and uncles. He completed an altarpiece for a local church at the age of sixteen.

In 1520, Parmigianino may have assisted the respected artist Correggio with his frescoes at a church in Parma, where Parmigianino may also have completed his own frescoes. Four years later, Parmigianino visited Rome to present a self-portrait to Pope Clement VII. While in Rome he saw works by Raphael and Michelangelo. Afterwards, his style became more grand and elegant. In 1527, Parmigianino escaped the Sack of Rome and went to Bologna, but returned to Parma after three years. He received a commission to paint frescoes in another church. At this time, according to some accounts, Parmigianino became a devotee of alchemy, becoming self-indulgent and completing little work at the church. Consequently, he was imprisoned but later escaped. He died at 37 years of age. Parmigianino is believed to be the first Italian artist to make etchings, and his work significantly influenced the art of printmaking.

A Selection of Parmigianino's Works:
Vision of St. Jerome

Madonna dal Collo Lungo (The Madonna with the Long Neck)

The Marriage of St. Catherine
Frescoes in San Giovanni Evangelista,
Madonna and Child with St. Margaret and Other Saints
Portrait of the artist seen in the distorted reflection of a convex mirror.
Frescoes in Santa Maria della Steccata
Legend of Diane and Acteon
Antea (detail - top photo)

The Frick Collection
1 East 70th St., at Fifth Ave.
Upper East Side
New York, NY 10021
tel: 212-288-0700
Formerly Henry Clay Frick Residence ((1849-1919 - Pittsburgh coke and steel industrialist)
Architects: Carrère & Hastings 1914
Architect: John Russell Pope converted the mansion into a museum in 1935.
Landscape architect: Russell Page
Among the 169 paintings on view are Fragonard’s series The Progress of Love, Jan van Eyck’s Virgin and Child, Holbein’s portrait of Thomas More and Cromwell, Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert, as well as wonderful works by Brueghel, Corot, Gainsborough, El Greco, Manet, Titian and Whistler.
Closed: Monday

Categories: Art

A Fior di Pelle

Custom handbags in beautiful Martina Franca.

Marina Franca is a beautiful hilltop town in Puglia with wonderful shops, restaurants and lively public squares.

Located on the periphery of one square is A Fior di Pelle. Here, proprietor/artisan Anna Maria Calabretti, designs and creates custom leather briefcases, luggage, handbags and sandals. Anna's workshop is behind the retail counter so customers can see her working on her newest creation.

A Fior di Pelle - Pelletteria Artigianale
Vico Salvator Rosa, 15
74015 Martina Franca (TA)
Valle d'Itria
tel: +39-080-4800180

Categories: Luxury Goods

Laboratorio Dolciario Artigianale

Sicilian Sweets and Chocolates from Modica.

Laboratorio Dolciario Artigianale
Vico De Naro 9
97015 Modica (RG)
tel: +39-0932 751786
fax: +39-0932 751273
Proprietor: Don Giuseppe Puglisi

Pasticcini di frutta fruit stuffed butter cookies

'mpanatigghie Almond, cinnamon and chocolate stuffed pastry

Cioccolata Modicana Dark chocolate drops

Dolcetti da riposto
Biscotti di mandorla
Mustazzola e nucatoli
Latte di mandorla
Dolce Savoia
Dessert di mandorla
Sinfonia di sapori
Fiocchi di neve e fiocchi di neve verde
Filetti di mandorla
Panetto di mandorla

Categories: Food


Ernesto Illy (1926-2008)

Ernesto Illy, son of the founder of the well known Italian coffee brand, died Sunday February 3, 2008. He was born in Trieste in 1926 and guided his father's company into the 21st century by building a high-tech laboratory to carefully analyze and roast their beans. He was a chemist and a tireless global evangelist for his coffee. In 1990, his son Francesco began to market artist-designed espresso cups that created collectors all over the world. Some of these espresso cups were designed by the following artists:

James Rosenquist

Sandro Chia

David Byrne

Federico Fellini

Jeff Koons

Others participating artists:
Robert Rauschenberg
Nam June Paik
Marco Lodola
Mimmo Paladino
Francis Ford Coppola
Michel Lin
Joep van Lieshout

Illy Caffè
Via Flavia 110
34147 Trieste (TS)
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
tel: +39-040-3890111 or 877- ILLYDIR
fax: +39-040-3890490
Founded in 1933 by Francesco Illy
Current CEO: Dr. Andrea Illy

Categories: Drink