The Work of the Artist THOMS.

A new selection of funny and twisted street art creations by the Italian artist Mr. THOMS, including his last two pieces, dedicated to selfies and addiction to Facebook. We already talked about his work with “One Man Band – The Street Art by Mister Thoms“. via 21 new street art creations by Mr. THOMS | […]

Blending into the Street with MP5.

Italian street artist MP5 added a little optical illusion with a street piece he completed in Abruzzo, Italy for the Visione Periferica Street Art Festival. The piece, titled Root of Evil, is quite eye-catching with the thick black and white composition. But it is the fact that it bleeds onto the sidewalk below that really […]

Weird, Wonderful Photos From Another Era.

Original caption, from April 4, 1934: “The word Si, or yes, fills every bit of this large election billboard, except for the space taken by a huge modernistic conception of Premier Benito Mussolini. The great placard covers the front of the Palazzo Braschi, the most modern of Rome’s office buildings and home of the Fascist […]

‘The Prince’ and the Politics of Power by Machiavelli.

The father of modern political theory, Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, was born at Florence, May 3, 1469, saw the troubles of the French invasion (1493), when the Medici fled, and in 1498 became secretary of the Ten, a post he held until the fall of the republic in 1512. He was employed in a […]

Flowers Bloom across the Plain of Castelluccio, Italy.

The village of Castelluccio sits on a hill above the flowering landscape, in the highlands of the Sibillini Mountains, in central Italy, in the summer of 2018. Image Credit: Photograph by Valerio Mei / Shutterstock Source: Colors Bloom Across the Great Plain of Castelluccio, Italy – The Atlantic

Fortinio Liceti’s Monsters, 1665.

Highlights from the illustrations in the 1665 edition of Fortunio Liceti’s De Monstris, originally published, without the illustrations, in 1616. Liceti’s work, although not the first on the topic of deformities in nature, was perhaps the most influential of the period. In the wake of the book there was a huge rise in interest throughout […]

Paolo Mascagni’s Exploded Torso.

Illustration of human viscera by Paulo Mascagni, from his Anatomia Universa (1823-31) – Source: Wellcome Library, London. Paolo Mascagni (January 25, 1755 – October 19, 1815) was an Italian physician and anatomist. He is most well known for publishing the first complete description of the lymphatic system. Mascagni was born in the comune of Pomarance […]

Illustrations from ‘Dante’s Divine Comedy’ by Martini.

In 1901, Vittorio Alinari, head of Fratelli Alinari, the world’s oldest photographic firm, decided to publish a new illustrated edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy. To do so, Alinari announced a competition for Italian artists: each competitor had to send illustrations of at least two cantos of the epic poem, which would result in one winner […]

San Giulio Island, Italy.

In this lovely capture by Luca Casartelli, we see Isola San Giulio (or San Giulio Island) on Lake Orta, in the region of Piedmont in northwestern Italy. The island measures 275 metres (902 feet) long by 140 metres (459 feet) wide. The most famous building on the island is the Basilica of Saint Giulio, close […]

‘Faceless’ by Diego Bardone.

In a world of celebrity injunctions and increasingly strict privacy laws, it can be difficult for street photographers to assert their creativity, argues Diego Bardone. Based in Milan, the 52-year-old has been documenting his home city for the past nine years. For his recent project, “Faceless: An Ode to Privacy Laws”, Bardone built up a […]