Cruciverba

Cruciverba

On hot summer afternoons I love to wander the winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleys of the medieval hilltop village of my birth, searching for interesting scenes of everyday life. This image of an octogenarian casually sitting in the shade doing a crossword with his cane resting at his feet immediately captured my attention. It gave me hope that I…

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Where Angels Come To Earth: An Evocation of the Italian Piazza

Where Angels Come To Earth: An Evocation of the Italian Piazza

Every type of communal life that goes on in the Italian city touches upon the piazza at some point. It seems likely that if you live near a piazza in an Italian city or village, you will visit that piazza at least once in a typical day, and so will most of your neighbours. Vincenzo Pietropaolo and I are sitting…

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Mexico Through the Lens of Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Mexico Through the Lens of Vincenzo Pietropaolo

The first time I met Vincenzo Pietropaolo and saw his work – more than 10 years ago – was in an exhibition of his photographs about Mexican temporary farm workers in Ontario. Among all the black and white pictures, one in particular caught my attention: nine or ten Mexican workers sitting in chairs around a table with some food and…

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History of a Dress

History of a Dress

I have had an affinity for Venice ever since, as a child, I was taken to the city by my parents during carnival. Years later, I often returned to research a doctoral dissertation on Venetian art. In June of 2012, though, my visit was quite different from previous ones: I was returning to the city I love to celebrate my…

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Rocky Roads: Northern Italy’s Jewish Heritage

Rocky Roads: Northern Italy’s Jewish Heritage

Mountain Jews in the Italian/Austrian Alps? The Tyrol region is not immediately associated with Jews or Jewish history. Yet surprisingly, the area encompassing the magnificent Dolomite Mountains has had a Jewish presence. In fact, no less breathtaking than the landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage property is the post-Emancipation history of the Jews who passed through this part of the…

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