Author: I. E. Laudieri Di Biase

06.06.17

A summit overshadowed by the beauty of Taormina

As the heads of government of the world’s seven most industrialized democracies walked down the streets of Taormina towards the San Domenico Palace Hotel where their meetings were to take place, an old Sicilian man observing the scene was heard saying: “Questo G7 sarà oscurato dalla bellezza di Taormina” (This G7 will be overshadowed by … Continue reading A summit overshadowed by the beauty of Taormina

17.03.17

A woman rises to a top office in the most male-dominated state in Europe

With a few exceptions, men continue to monopolize all positions of power. Not just in politics but in all major industries and institutions, including those preserving, managing and displaying art collections. It is a fact that most of the world’s great museums and galleries remain firmly under male control. The directors of the British Museum … Continue reading A woman rises to a top office in the most male-dominated state in Europe

05.12.16

The temperamental art historian with a bad memory of Australia

Vittorio Sgarbi is a famous Italian art critic and historian. He is a most prolific author and some of his books, though quite expensive, have become best-sellers. Sgarbi is a media personality, and has made a name for himself with his boisterous invectives at people who in his view are incompetent or inept in their … Continue reading The temperamental art historian with a bad memory of Australia

13.10.16

The rise of young and beautiful women in Italian politics

The appreciation of female beauty has been at the heart of Italian art and culture for centuries, and continues to be relevant in contemporary Italy. The feminist idea that glamour works against women, famously argued by the American author Naomi Wolf in her book “The Beauty Myth”, has never taken root in Italy. As a … Continue reading The rise of young and beautiful women in Italian politics

21.07.16

Massimo Cacciari, the faithless philosopher who thinks of God

As well as achieving the status of a leading Italian academic philosopher, the 72-year old Massimo Cacciari has devoted a great deal of his life to politics, holding a seat in the Italian parliament for seven years when he was still relatively young and the office of Mayor of Venice (his native town), for three … Continue reading Massimo Cacciari, the faithless philosopher who thinks of God

30.05.16

Getting to know Italy’s Ambassador to Australia

Being an Italian ambassador is not an easy job even in a highly civilized and friendly country like Australia. It requires a great deal of competence in economics, trade, communication and, last but not least, a high degree of fluency in the English language. The current ambassador, Pier Francesco Zazo, who was appointed two and … Continue reading Getting to know Italy’s Ambassador to Australia

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