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The Duomo of Barga sketchbook

The Duomo of Barga sketchbook

pages from the sketchbook which have just been published showing some of the background work to the main exhibition

All last winter there was a continuous trickle of images coming out of Keane‘s studio in Barga Vecchia and being published on various social networks. Finally those paintings were then seen in their entirety and in a context that made perfect sense as they could be viewed just a few scant metres away from their […]

 francis pettitt

Giornata della Memoria

Giornata della Memoria

The United Nations in 2005 designated Jan. 27 as a yearly memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust – 6 million Jews and millions of other victims of Nazi Germany during World War II. The day was chosen because it falls on the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz, the Nazis’ most notorious death camp and a symbol of the evil inflicted across the continent.

In the summer of 2001 my Honda Transalp bike and I found ourselves near that most splendid of Polish cities: Cracow. Meeting up with a group of bikers at a campsite a little way outside the city I compared notes and one of the bikers said “we’re quite near Oświęcim”. That name, translated in German […]

 keane

The Duomo of Barga and the Duomo of Lucca paintings

The Duomo of Barga and the Duomo of Lucca paintings

The work is still at the charcoal drawing stage before the painting starts in earnest but already there are 20 canvases on the walls of the studio in various stages of completion.

All last winter there was a continuous trickle of images coming out of Keane‘s studio in Barga Vecchia and being published on various social networks. Finally those paintings were then seen in their entirety and in a context that made perfect sense as they could be viewed just a few scant metres away from their […]

 keane

Musical events in Lucca during December

Musical events in Lucca during December

full list of musical events in Lucca this month

FALSTAFF AND THEATRICAL BURLE The Teatro Del Giglio opera season’s second production is Verdi’s Falstaff on Friday 13th at 8.30 pm and on Sunday 15th at 4 pm. The title role will be sung by Bulgarian baritone Kiril Manolov. Nicola Paszkowski conducts the “Luigi Cherubini” youth orchestra, while the director is Mazzavillani Cristina Muti, with […]

 fviviano

Date set for “The Duomo of Barga paintings” exhibition

The exhibition at the Civic Museum in Barga Vecchia opens on the 13th July 2013 and will remain open until the end of August 2013.

All winter there has been a continuous trickle of images coming out of Keane’s studio in Barga Vecchia and being published on various social networks. Finally these paintings can now be seen in their entirety and in a context that makes perfect sense as they can be viewed just a few scant metres away from […]

 keane

Private property or communal responsibility – update

Private property or communal responsibility – update

an update on a previous story

The interesting debate  (article and images here) which started  in Barga Vecchia this week which quite nicely defines and brings into the light of day one of the gradual changes that is taking place in this community has just taken a new turn. As we said in that article  – once upon a time there […]

 keane

Benito Mussolini: a dictator for all seasons in Italy?

Benito Mussolini: a dictator for all seasons in Italy?

An article on the front page of The Guardian in the UK this morning starts off the new year with some startling news. The article by Tom Kington maintains that “reverence for Il Duce, who adorns calendars and T-shirts, is spreading from neo-fascist youths to the Italian mainstream” and puts the blame fairly and squarely […]

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A Trial Tests Sicily’s Dark Soul

A Trial Tests Sicily’s Dark Soul

Ceremonies in Italy have been marking 20 years since the murder of anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone. Prime Minister Mario Monti joined thousands gathered in Palermo, Falcone’s birthplace, capital of the autonomous region of Sicily, and the centre of his fight against organised crime. The anniversary comes less than a week after a bomb attack on […]

 keane

Lt. Col. Vittorio Biondi receives an army medal

Lt. Col. Vittorio Biondi receives an army medal

The headlines that an Italian Soldier received an Army medal, while rare may not seem to striking at first glance, but the story behind how Lt. Col. Kevin Bigelman, US Army Garrison Livorno commander, presented Lt. Col. Vittorio Biondi, Italian “Folgore” Brigade, the Army Commendation Medal on April 3, 2012 is one that goes back […]

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Riccardo Pieri exhibition

Riccardo Pieri is known in the city as a classical musician but  every year he also dons another hat and puts up an exhibition of his paintings. As he explained at the opening of his latest show in the Memory Museum in Barga Vecchia this afternoon – he still thinks of himself as primary a […]