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Harvard non è solo l’università più ricca del pianeta e quella in cui si forma la futura classe dirigente americana. È anche un luogo dove si immagina una società migliore e si cercano i mezzi per realizzarla. Fra questi mezzi, la cultura, e specificamente la cultura italiana, troppo spesso trascurata o tradita in patria e che invece costituisce un patrimonio straordinario, capace di indurre bellezza e innovazione. Un patrimonio da proteggere, esplorare, esportare. Per questo collaboriamo a questa rubrica -- studenti, dottorandi e docenti, americani e italiani, convinti che l'arte e il pensiero siano indispensabili per cambiare e salvare il mondo. Not only is Harvard the wealthiest university in the world, it is also an institution that molds future generations of American leaders. Not only is it a space devoted to imagining a better society, but also to forging the tools to realize it. Tools are forged from resources, and Italian culture represents an extraordinary patrimony capable of embodying beauty and inspiring innovation. It is for this reason that we collaborate on this column – graduate students, undergraduates and professors, Americans and Italians, all convinced that art and thought are powerful and indispensable means of saving the world.

Luca Cottini on “The Art of Objects”: At the Origins of Made in Italy

In The Art of Objects: The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture, 1878-1928 (University of Toronto Press, 2018), Luca Cottini, Associate Professor of Italian Studies at Villanova University, traces the fascinating history of early Italian industrial culture from post-unification Italy to Fascism. In this conversation with Elena Bellina, Lauro De Bosis Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and Assistant Professor...

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​J​ames ​G. Turner Uncovers the Erotic Dimensions of Italian Renaissance Art

Proportion, harmony, mythological subject-matter – all well-known and indisputable effects of classical recovery on Renaissance artistic expression. But James ​ G.​ Turner ​(James D. Hart Chair in English at UC Berkeley) ​ in Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality, and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy underscores an easily neglected side of art and court culture during the Italian...

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Lucia Dacome on the First Anatomical Models and their Makers

Lucia Dacome Lucia Dacome, Associate Professor and Pauline M.H. Mazumdar Chair in the History of Medicine at University of Toronto, in conversation with Valentina Frasisti, PhD student in Italian Studies at Harvard, presents her most recent work: Malleable Anatomies: Models, Makers, and Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century Italy. Dacome illustrates that the production of anatomical knowledge was influenced by religious interests, power and...

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