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Second Edition 2018

Volume 20 / Issue Two



Barbara Jatta: First female director of the Vatican Museums

It was a genuine sensation when Barbara Jatta - art historian, Bernini expert, 54-year-old, mother of three, wife of a pediatrician - was appointed new director of Rome's most important cultural institution, the Vatican Museums in 2016.

She is the first woman to become director of the museums that were opened to the public, beginning in 1771. At first, she had quite a few doubts, because the challenge was undoubtedly huge. In fact, so huge that some of her close friends without any hesitation said to her, "Do you really accept this job?”


In Every Issue

  • Publisher’s Note
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Travel/Hidden Treasures
  • Italian Language
  • Readers’ Corner
  • Reviews
  • Wine and Spirits
  • Subscription Form
  • Advertisers’ Index
Features

 

The Second Edition 2018 includes:

  • Barbara Jatta: First female director of the Vatican Museums
  • Raphael’s Masterpiece: The School of Athens
  • Pope Paul VI - New Italian Saint
  • Novus Ordo Missae - The Roman Catholic Mass Was Designed by Pope Paul VI
  • Patrons Needed for a New Vatican Sculpture Exhibit, “Tota Pulchra Es, Maria.”
  • Plight of the Italian Charcoal Burners in Nevada
  • A Journey into the Heart of Lambrusco
  • Come, Sit, Eat With Us - Orecchiette, broccoli, and sausage, Venetian artichokes, Scallops and risotto, Sliced tuna steak, Berry cheese cake, Chocolate cake

    COVER FEATURE - Barbara Jatta

    Barbara Jatta is visiting Rome's International Press Center to talk about her first year as director of one of the world's oldest and most prestigious museums, the Vatican Museums.

    FEATURE ARTICLES

    Raphael’s Masterpiece: The School of Athens
    “The School of Athens,” by Raphael celebrates not only the intellectual heroes of antiquity, but, also, the artistic heroes of the Renaissance. The painting contains the portraits of Leonardo da Vinci, Giuliano da Sangallo, Donato Bramante, Michelangelo and even Raphael, himself.

    Pope Paul VI - New Italian Saint
    Pope Paul VI is the image that comes to mind for most Italian Americans who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s. Pope Paul VI reigned from June 21, 1963 to August 6, 1978. He succeeded and preceded two key papacies, that of John XXIII and John Paul II, both of whom became saints in 2014. Now comes the moment for Pope Paul VI to be canonized.

    Novus Ordo Missae - The Roman Catholic Mass as Designed by Pope Paul VI
    Today’s Mass is the way Pope Paul VI wanted it. On April 3, 1969, Pope Paul VI all but declared the Tridentine or Latin Mass null and void when he replaced it with the Novus Ordo Missae - the New Order Mass.

    Patrons Needed for a New Vatican Sculpture Exhibit, “Tota Pulchra Es, Maria”
    A call for financial support of a new sculpture exhibition open to the Pope, the Vatican and the city of Rome. The Ten Madonnas: New, original sculptures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ as inspired by the medieval hymn, “Tota Pulchra Es, Maria.” Scheduled for the week of December 8th, Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, at the Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome. Please become a patron today!

    Plight of the Italian Charcoal Burners in Nevada
    In the late 1800’s Eureka’s smelting furnaces over-spread the town with black clouds of soot— earning Eureka the distinction as the “Pittsburgh of the West.” Glowing reports of gainful employment drew many Italian and Swiss-Italian immigrants to Eureka’s mining district. Many with experience in the charcoal burning trade found employment, producing charcoal.

    A Journey into the Heart of Lambrusco
    We venture to the secret corners of Emilia-Romagna, a strip of land bordered to the west by Liguria, to the north by Lombardy, to the west by the Veneto region and to the south by Tuscany. Emilia-Romagna is famous for its wine and food. It is also known as the heart of Italy’s Motor Valley, the homeland of some of the most famous sports cars in the world.

    Come, Sit, Eat With Us - Orecchiette, broccoli, and sausage, Venetian artichokes, Scallops and risotto, Sliced tuna steak, Berry cheese cake, Chocolate cake
    Italians expect people to visit them. Morning, afternoon, early or late evening: Someone is bound to knock on our door. Maybe, it is a brother or sister. “I was in the neighborhood and thought I’d drop by.” Maybe a friend, or two. Sons, daughters - grandkids - all are welcome. It does not matter who or when. We have plenty. You have a place at our table...always.

     


Departments

    • Publisher’s Note: President Donald J. Trump Meets Prime Minister of the Italian Republic Giuseppe Conte
    • Hidden Treasures - Travel: Fenestrelle Fortress - Piemonte hosts the world’s largest military structure, after the Great Wall of China
    • Language: Alexandre Dumas - Do Italian characters fare better than the French in “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
    • Wine & Spirits:  Distilleria Marzadro is the story of postwar Italy
    • Readers' Corner: “Modesto and Enzo,” by Frank Trappuzano
    • Readers' Corner: "The Boston Santoros,” by Peter Vitale
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