The Resurrection of Florence’s Cimabue Crucifix
What Made Robert Rauschenberg Throw His Art Into a River
At the end of a show in Italy, Robert Rauschenberg, faced with a stinging critique and steep shipping costs to move his works back home, threw all of it into the Arno River.
ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW
Theresa May’s Killjoy Grand Tour
Theresa May is coming to Florence to deliver what may be her defining Brexit speech. It will fall on deaf ears among the Britons she’s forcing to abandon the EU.
And Now Kanye’s a Jewelry Designer
Kanye West’s jewelry collection is inspired by Renaissance art. It is apparently ‘timeless’ and ‘a letter to my wife from a past life that can live past our lives.’
Michelangelo, The Master Forger
At the beginning of his career, Michelangelo went along with a plan to make a marble sculpture look much older in origin. It helped make his career.
The Bomber Jacket’s Street Gang Chic
Think ‘West Side Story’ Sharks and Jets and those hip jackets they wore while strutting down New York sidewalks, but this time in pink and pistachio.
The 137-Carat Diamond Lost Forever
The Florentine Diamond enjoyed centuries of adventure, a slew of noble owners, and a position of prestige, before it went missing for what is likely the final time.
Chinese Cops Chase Italy’s Chinese Gangs
A program billed as something to make Chinese tourists comfortable is really meant to target Chinese organized crime linked to Italian mafias.