Culture

Extraordinary archaeological discovery: fossil remains of the first European wolf found in Rome

It almost seems like the confirmation of the legend prowdly handed down by Romans since ancient times: that of the she-wolf who founded Rome. This time, however, it is not a matter of myths and legends, but rather a sensational archaeological discovery. In the Italian capital it has in fact been found the fossil of the first European wolf. The discovery, which took place in Ponte Galeria (near the area of Via Portuense) at the hands of a team of paleontologists and geologists from the Department of Earth Sciences of the University La Sapienza and the Department of Earth Sciences "Ardito Desio" in Milan, uncovered the remains of a large fossil canid skull dating back to 400,000 years ago. It was thanks to the 3D reconstruction that it was possible to identify the fossil as "the oldest a...

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Arts

Record auction for Magritte: the empire of lights is worth 52 million euros

Helena Newman, Head of Europe at Sotheby's, announced the presence of the painting in the next auction on 2nd March in London: "The empire of lights brings together two fundamental elements of everyday life - day and night - on a paradoxical canvas.". Magritte created the picture in 1961 and dedicated it to Anne Marie Gillion Crowet, daughter of the patron Pierre Crowet, a historical friend of the painter. He certainly never expected his "empire des lumières" to be not only considered one of the most representative works of surrealism, but also to reach an estimate of € 52 million by Sotheby's. The famous canvas, until now, had been part of the Crowet family collection, lent to the Magritte Museum in Brussels from 2009 to 2020. The dimensions of the work of art are also important,...

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Culture

Sumatra: the discovery of an earthquake that lasted 32 years

What is considered the longest earthquake in history dates back to 1861. It is still the object of study by experts today to prevent a similar phenomenon from happening again in the future. In Indonesia, near the island of Sumatra, about 160 years ago an earthquake of magnitude 8.5 killed thousands of people by raising a wall of water that hit the coastal area of ​​the island. What could have looked like an earthquake like so many others turned out to be the culminating phase of a "silent" earthquake that began some 32 years earlier. Earthquakes of this type are called "slow sliding events", lasting several days, months or even years. But even within this very particular category, the Sumatra earthquake remains an exceptional case, for its thirty-year duration, double the earthquake wh...

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Culture

Frankenstein, a terrific sale: first edition sold for 1.17 million dollars

The gothic novel by celebrated author Mary Shelley broke the world auction record for a work by a woman, with a sale of $ 1,170,000. The classic Frankenstein, or "The Modern Prometheus", arose in the writer's imagination when she was only 18, almost for fun.  In the spring of 1816, Mary, her half-sister Claire Clairmont and her husband Percy decided to spend their summer holidays on Lake Geneva, at Villa Diodati in the company of Lord Byron, who was having an affair with Claire at the time, and John William Polidori, a doctor of Italian origin. The summer of that year, in reality, was unusual, with incessant rains and low temperatures. The unfavorable climatic conditions, the group of friends was often forced to spend whole days at home. A very welcome pastime was reading German s...

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Arts

The portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama: the national tour starts in Chicago

Chicago, more precisely the Art Institute, is the first city to host the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama which will be on tour until May 2022.  The National Portrait Gallery in Washington – home to the two works created in 2018 by artists Kehinde Wiley (author of the former President’s portrait) and Amy Sherald (author of the former First Lady’s portrait) – organized the tour in 5 different cities of the United States: the exhibition will be available, in addition to Chicago until August 15, also in New York (from August 27 to October 24 at the Brooklyn Museum), in Los Angeles (at the County Museum of Art from November 7 to January 2, 2022) , then in Atlanta (at the High Museum of Art from 14 January to 13 March 2022) and finally in Housto...

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Culture

Oulu, European Capital of Culture in 2026

Here comes great news for Finland. The Finnish city of Oulu has been named the European Capital of Culture of 2026, beating competition from two other national rivals: Savonlinna and Tàmpere. The European Capital of Culture initiative saw cities stay on display for a year with a celebration of art and culture. But the jury liked the city of Oulu especially for its project focused on sustainability and local participation, thanks to which the public is directly involved in the creative process, of which they are co-author and observer. This project promises cultural climate change, through the participatory nature of art and culture. "After the pandemic, it is extremely important to collaborate, to make things interesting and to use culture as a unifying element in our daily life," s...

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Entertainment

Friends: a brief return 17 years after the farewell

May 27 is a special date for the fans of Friends, one of the most famous sitcoms in the world, which is preparing for a brief return with a reunion of the six protagonists. The "episode" will be broadcast shortly, simultaneously between the United States and other nations, including Italy. 17 years after the farewell, an episode entitled "The One Where They Get Back Together" arrives. However, it must be specified that it will not be a real episode in which we will see how the life of the six characters so dear to us has become. Rather, it will be a real reunion of the cast, to remember together and re-act the most famous scenes of the series. Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffet), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Ch...

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Cinema

George Clooney: 60 years of success

George Clooney turned 60 on May 6, with his trail of successes and fantastic experiences. Even today he is for many a sex symbol and it seems difficult to think that he is really this age, given the splendid shape of him and also because we still imagine and remember him in the many roles he has played, always fascinating and athletic. Clooney was born in Lexington in 1961 and grew up in a family already tied to the show. His father was in fact a television host, while his mother participated in beauty contests and his uncle was the well-known actor José Ferrer. He studied between Cincinnati (Ohio) and Augusta (Kentucky), and even though he never graduated, he was a good baseball player at school, dreaming of getting a professional contract. Unfortunately, the path as a sports player n...

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Arts

François-Henri Pinault opens his contemporary museum in Paris

22 years after the entrepreneur and art collector François-Henri Pinault’s plans, his contemporary art museum has been finally inaugurated at the Bourse de Commerce, the former Paris stock exchange building.  The new exhibition gallery, restored through the intervention of the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, ​​will house the entire collection of François-Henri Pinault who for over 50 years has collected contemporary works by artists from all over the world. "The idea was to design a lively space that would foster a dynamic dialogue between the new and the old, which is what a site dedicated to contemporary art should be", said Tadao Ando. “It was a challenging construction project, but the team has created a rema...

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Books

Coming soon “The Christmas Pig” by J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling, the well-known author of "Harry Potter", one of the most famous sagas on a world scale, is back on track in children's literature with a new novel entitled "The Christmas Pig". The book will be translated into more than twenty languages ​​and will arrive worldwide on 12 October. As you can guess from the title, the story is set on Christmas Eve and tells of a little boy named Jack, who will do anything to find his favorite toy, a stuffed pig. In the magical Christmas atmosphere, everything becomes possible, for example, toys can come to life. But the lost soft toy does not correspond to the Christmas Pig, since the latter is actually a substitute for the old toy. However, it will be the Christmas Pig who will set up a plan to find Jack's dear stuffed animal. J. K. Row...

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