Arts & Culture Archive

  • Raffaella Losito is one of nearly 400 students in the University of Urbino's “Accademia di Belle Arti,” the Academy of Fine Arts. But her hands are not covered in dried clay; there are no smudges of charcoal on her cheeks.

    High Tech Art Student

    By Ashleigh Hodgson
    Raffaella Losito is one of nearly 400 students in the University of Urbino's “Accademia di Belle Arti,” the Academy of Fine Arts. But her hands are not covered in dried clay; there are no smudges of charcoal on her cheeks.

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  • In the older part of Urbino, down a curving alleyway lined with history-holding bricks, sits a small unassuming piazza. Now home to a daycare center, the piazza and its crumbling white pillars would be easy to miss on the way to the pizza parlor further along the street.

    Decoding La Flagellazione

    By Tory Hallenburg
    In the older part of Urbino, down a curving alleyway lined with history-holding bricks, sits a small unassuming piazza. Now home to a daycare center, the piazza and its crumbling white pillars would be easy to miss on the way to the pizza parlor further along the street.

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  • Early one recent morning in June, just after the sun has risen, three old men gather in Urbio's town square, the Piazza della Repubblica. They talk about current events. They laugh.

    The Piazza’s the Place

    By Stephanie Tormey
    Early one recent morning in June, just after the sun has risen, three old men gather in Urbio's town square, the Piazza della Repubblica. They talk about current events. They laugh.

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  • Many small-town people can’t wait to move away and venture out into the world. But 75-year-old Marcello Lani isn’t like most people. A printmaker who creates watercolors and engravings, he has used his hometown, Urbino, as his muse for 50 years.

    A Fifty-Year Love Affair

    By Rachel Lake
    Many small-town people can’t wait to move away and venture out into the world. But 75-year-old Marcello Lani isn’t like most people. A printmaker who creates watercolors and engravings, he has used his hometown, Urbino, as his muse for 50 years.

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  • For centuries, art aficionadas have wondered about history’s most mysterious smile as well as the woman wearing it.: Who is Mona Lisa, and where was she when Leonardo da Vinci recorded the smile that has kept the world guessing?

    Cracking da Vinci’s Code

    By Giovanna Rajao
    For centuries, art aficionadas have wondered about history’s most mysterious smile as well as the woman wearing it.: Who is Mona Lisa, and where was she when Leonardo da Vinci recorded the smile that has kept the world guessing?

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