Cultural adjustment

‚Äč In cross-cultural relationships, a crisis may develop from problems in verbal communications. An article written with Giulia Remorino, psychotherapist, a specialist in ‘cultural adjustment.’ Giulia_remorino@tiscali.it Today, people are moving around more and more all the time. One of the results of this is more cross-cultural relationships, between people of different origins. This sort of…

Artistic values

When restoring a prestige building, cultural content is valuable from every point of view. An article written with Luciano Broglia, architect, lubarch@tiscali.it Luciano Broglia specializes in the renovation and refurbishment of historic buildings. This means buildings dating to before 1900, while not excluding later works, such as those by a renowned designer, or buildings that…

The wooden leg

El Gamba de Legn’: ‘the wooden leg’ is an unusual name for a means of transport. It was the nickname that the people of Milan gave to the first steam-powered tram which started running on 9 September 1878, connecting Milan and Magenta over a distance of about 23 kilometres. But why wooden leg? Apparently the…

Boglioli, deconstructing the jacket

A deconstructed jacket is a staple in the men’s wardrobe, ideal for many occasions because it can be dressed up or down. It looks good with everything, and it’s supremely comfortable. The garment reaches its highest level of sophistication in products by Boglioli, famous above all for their K-jacket, which received screen consacration when it…

A Cathedral mystery

A Cathedral as enormous as Milan’s is bound to have a few mysteries hidden away somewhere. One of them can be found in the left-hand transept: a giant candlestick, known as the Candelabro Trivulzio. It is a triumph of fractal geometry: from a distance it seems just a bronze seven-armed candlestick, but as you move…

Last Supper, a grand complication in art

One of Milan’s claims to fame is that it is the only city in which you can give the name of a painting to a taxi driver, and he’ll know exactly where to take you. The Last Supper caused a revolution in painting when it was first unveiled in 1499, and it has contined to…

Sala delle Asse, Milan

Leonardo da Vinci and the exploration of space

If one had to choose a characteristic of Italian art that sets the 15th century apart from previous periods, it could only be perspective. The depiction of three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface as theorized by Brunelleschi and mathematician Luca Pacioli was as powerful then as the advent of virtual reality is today. Perspective made…

Milan's Cimitero Monumentale

The Cimitero Monumentale

November starts with the ponte dei morti, which, literally translated, means the bridge of the dead. A horror movie? A natural disaster? No, just a long weekend, from Thursday 1 November 2012 to Sunday 4 November. Tutti i Santi, 1 November, is a public holiday in Italy. For many people, Friday gets thrown in free…