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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 […]

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 […]

Santa Brigida

SANTA BRIGIDA D’IRLANDA

February 1 marks the feast day of Saint Brigid of Ireland (or of Kildare), the co-patron saint of Ireland along with St. Patrick and St. Columban. According to legend, Brigid and her mother were baptized by Saint Patrick himself. The girl […]

Corvo

NEVERMORE

Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” On January 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem, “The Raven”, was published for the first time on the pages of New York’s The Evening Mirror. Poe’s signature dark, supernatural atmosphere, together with the exceptional musicality […]

Capra che suona una ribeca

HAPPINESS ISN’T HAPPINESS…

“Goat playing a violin”, illumination from a Psalter, Harley 5102, f. 59r, first quarter of the 13th century, British Library, London. An inhabited gilded initial, a capital “D”, with a blue goat playing a rebec or violin on a vivid red background. […]

Esopo

LE FAVOLE DI ESOPO

Illumination from the manuscript “Fables”, ms. 0434, f. 371v, 1372, Bibliothèque municipale d’étude et de conservation, Besançon. This illumination belongs to a French manuscript created for Charles V of France. The richly-gilded panels represent four of the many fables written by Aesop. […]

Pavone e riccio

IL PAVONE E IL RICCIO

“Peacock and hedgehog”, illumination from the manuscript “Spiegel der Weisheit”, ms. Egerton 1121, f. 74r, ca. 1430, British Museum, London.   The vanity of a peacock is reproved by a modest hedgehog, who rolls into a ball in order to […]

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