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Barbiere

LARGO AL FACTOTUM

On February 20, 1816, Gioacchino Rossini’s most famous opera, The Barber of Seville, premiered at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. Its libretto being written by Cesare Sterbini and based on Pierre Beaumarchais’s 1775 comedy Le Barbier de Séville, the opera was originally […]

Gatto con topo

FESTA DEL GATTO

Italy and other European countries celebrate today, on February 17, National Cat Day. The Day started being promoted back in 1990, when the readers of the Italian magazine “Tuttogatto” were given the opportunity to vote for the best date to […]

Putto e cane all'inseguimento di un uccello

ANNO DEL CANE

Today, February 16, marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Being based on both solar and lunar elements, the Chinese calendar is considered to be a lunisolar calendar – similarly to the Hebrew calendar: the first day of the […]

Valentino

SAN VALENTINO

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of an assisted Valentine before a judge, with a zoomorphic initial ‘I'(n) containing a dragon. Saint Valentine’s Day is a religious holiday nowadays celebrated in many countries in the world; it’s recognized as the celebration of […]

Scimmie che fanno acrobazie

DARWIN DAY

Folia Magazine joins in today the celebrations for International Darwin Day! Ever since publishing his history-making book, On the Origin of Species, in 1852, Darwin has evolved – pun intended – from being a “simple” scientist into being a symbol of […]

Giovane donna corteggiata durante un pasto

CORTEGGIAMENTO A TAVOLA

“Young girl being courted during a meal”, illumination from the manuscript “Decretum Gratiani”, ms. 0558, f. 323v, ca. 1288-1289, Bibliothèque Municipale, Tours. The illumination portrays a girl being seduced by the guest of a banquet in her father’s house. The scene makes reference to […]

LE VANITÀ

On February 7, 1497 (Mardi Gras day), Girolamo Savonarola’s bonfire of the Vanities took place in Piazza della Signoria, Florence. Inspired by the Dominican friar’s predicaments against Florence’s artistic and cultural mundanity during the time of the Medici rule, in fact, […]

Presentazione al Tempio

PRESENTAZIONE AL TEMPIO

The Church celebrates today the feast of Candlemas, commemorating the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem. The origin of the feast lays in the very Torah: the Law prescribes, in fact, the redemption of the first-born son by means […]

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