domenica 12 ottobre 2014

The brilliance of Bergamo

The brilliance of Bergamo: Milan's less-seen neighbour is a glorious treasure trove of art and culture (and the ice-cream isn't too bad)

  • Little city sits 25 miles to the northeast of its more famous neighbour Milan
  • It was home to the celebrated Renaissance artist, Giovanni Battista Moroni
  • The artist's work is on show at London's Royal Academy until January 2015
Fancy travelling back to 16th century Italy? Then follow these instructions.
First, visit the Royal Academy’s gripping exhibition of paintings by the forgotten Renaissance master Giovanni Battista Moroni, which opens in London on 25 October.
This done, spend a few days in Bergamo, the wonderfully preserved city in northern Italy where Moroni did much of his best work.
A northern star: Bergamo sits close to Milan, but is often unfairly caught in the shadow of its giant neighbour
A northern star: Bergamo sits close to Milan, but is often unfairly caught in the shadow of its giant neighbour
Let’s deal with the artist first. It is hardly surprising that his name has been eclipsed by such titanic near-contemporaries as Titian and Caravaggio. Yet his gifts, particularly as a portraitist, would have shone in any time or place. Neither meanly realist nor rollickingly mannerist, his paintings of aristocrats and artisans are truly magnificent.
After a glance, for instance, at the portrait of Gabriel de la Cueva (1560), you’ll want to know more about the subject. But you’ll feel you know quite a bit already. A short man, to judge by his head-body ratio, he glares pugnaciously out at posterity.
You get a similar feeling from the picture of Giovanni Gerolamo Grumelli, aka The Man in Pink, who is another angry nobleman. His sword’s at a tilt. His hand’s on its hilt. His cheeks match the blush of his doublet and hose, as if to say: 'That’s right, they’re pink. You want to make something out of it?'
Wander the streets of Bergamo today, and you feel you might meet these characters on any cobbled corner. The town is a time capsule, all the more so because it hasn’t been over run by tourists.
The Città Alta (the higher, older part) floats above the rest like Arthur Conan Doyle’s plateau in The Lost World, protected from modernity by its thick defensive walls.
The town has money from the textiles and mechanical parts factories that surround the suburbs. It doesn’t need your dog-eared tourist euro.
What this means is that you will have a more authentic Italian experience than you could conceivably hope for among the touts of Florence, or the rapacious gondoliers who patrol the Venetian canals.

Brushstrokes: Giovanni Moroni produced masterpieces such as Il Tagliapanni (The Tailor)
If you are staying in the lower town – as I did, in the friendly Best Western Cappello d’Oro hotel – you rise to the higher part in a funicular, and emerge into another age.
Nor are the Moronis, of which the town has many, the limit of Bergamo’s artistic repertoire.
Other highlights, as well as religious works by Moretto and Romanino, include an impeccable technicolour altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto in the church of San Bernardino, and the same artist’s exquisite marquetry panels in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, which glow as if in amber.
While you’re there, pay your respects to the tomb of Donizetti, a Bergamask native. If his operas are your thing, the nearby Teatro Donizetti stages them regularly.
Just one cornetto, though, won’t be enough for afters – particularly if you are indulging in the stracciatella at La Marianna restaurant, where the delicious ice-cream, flecked with splinters of dark chocolate, was invented.
The foodies among you (and the greedies, such as myself) won’t be disappointed by Bergamo.
Local specialities include fine cheeses (try the creamy taleggio) and casoncelli pasta, a kind of ravioli filled with meat and raisins, glazed with sage butter and draped with bacon. Round off this excess with a glass or two of fortified moscato di scanzo.
To sum up, Bergamo is, as it were, the Moroni among Italia

sabato 11 ottobre 2014

Socks I love & I hate you .....accessory

Riprendiamo un articolo che abbiamo scritto nel nostro trial magazine riferito proprio alle calze da uomo.
Se l'accessorio tormento ed estasi delle donne è la SCARPA (lo sappiamo chiamare una scarpa accessorio è un peccato fashion mortale) per gli uomini potremmo dire che l'accessorio TI  AMO e TI ODIO sono proprio le Calze ..... ma non solo ti amo e ti odio ma anche ti spaio, ti perdo, ti buco on our blog 

We take an article that we wrote in our trial magazine reported on its men's socks.
If the accessory agony and ecstasy of women are the shoes (we know call the shoes fashion accessory is a mortal sin) for men that the accessory  I LOVE YOU  and I HATE YOU are just the socks ..... but not only love you and I hate you but also lost, split , holed, missed   ...... see on our blog

giovedì 9 ottobre 2014

Italiandipity faces & soul

Today we reveal one of the faces of Italiandipity family and thank you for the messages of congratulations we hope to age like wine ...... but not to become vinegar. I do not like my photos but I have to say this, a shot of robbery, represents me very well,  'species' (essences) of me. 

Picture by Fotostudiogiorgio - Hair RVP Valeriano - Make-up Me & Marc Jacobs foam cream- Glass Silhouette

Oggi vi sveliamo uno dei volti di Italiandipity family e ringraziamo per i messaggi di auguri speriamo di invecchiare  come il vino ...... ma non di diventare aceto.  Non amo le mie foto ma devo dire che questa, uno scatto di rapina,  mi rappresenta molto bene,  essenze di me. 

Picture by Fotostudiogiorgio - Hair RVP Valeriano Tricoprince - Make-up Me & Marc Jacobs  - Glass Silhouette

lunedì 6 ottobre 2014

Calzini in tutte le lingue del mondo - Socks in all languages ​​of the world

Curiosità:  chissà come si scrive o si dice la parola calzini in tutte le lingue del mondo Vi preghiamo di aiutarci, per l'Italia vale anche il dialetto

Curiosity who knows how to write or say the word socks in all languages ​​of the world Please help us, for Italy is also true dialect

Calzini (Italiano)
Socks (Inglese)
Socken (Tedesco)
Chaussettes (Francese)
Calcetines (Spagnolo) 
Носки (Russo)
Sukat (Finlandese)
Stocaì (Irlandese)
Κάλτσες (Greco)
Sokkar (Islandese)
Tōkena (Maori)

go on 

giovedì 2 ottobre 2014

Do you want to be trendy? Play piano


 Kate Spade Bags

Piano Design

Givency shoes

Bresciani Socks shop on line Italiandipity

Let's play FEET piano

di calza in calza, di mood in mood per un regalo sfizioso ad amici che amano la musica o semplicemente per se stessi, a chi suona il piano e a chi no il giusto mix tra stile, eleganza, creatività e qualità dettagli tipici del Made in Italy

The sock in sock, in mood in mood for a tasty gift for friends who love music or just for themselves, who plays the piano and who is notthe right mix of style, elegance, creativity and quality details typical of Made in Italy - Keys of a piano