A Visit to Trieste

Trieste, what a pleasant surprise!! An often overlooked gem of the Adriatic, TRIESTE provided lots of beautiful sites and emotions.

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We visited the Castle of MiramareMiramare, which stands on the tip of the promontory of Grignano. Commissioned and built between 1856 and 1860 by Archduke Maximilian of Austria, also eventually Emperor of Mexico, the building is positioned overlooking the sea, providing a stunning view of the Gulf of Trieste.

The Castello is surrounded by 22 hectars of a beautiful botanical garden and its interiors feature sumptuous original historical furniture. Miramare has more than 20 rooms including Maximilian’s bedroom, furnished as a ship’s cabin. The poet Giosue Carducci speaks of the “white towers” of Miramare, with its English and Italian style garden, stepping down towards the sea with a beautiful ‘Scalinata’.

What a fabulous place to visit, don’t miss it!! We wholeheartedly  recommend it  :-)


Italian Art Exhibition – Original Paintings, Tuscan and Venetian Landscapes

Italian Art, Italian Wines
Italian Art, Italian Wines

Come attend an Italian wine tasting and enjoy the Italian art by Angelica Di Chiara, on exhibit at Ristorante Il Cedro in Menlo Park.  The artist will be on hand to answer your questions and demonstrate her technique.  Al Fabrizio will entertain with the melodic music of his mandolin.

The exhibit/wine tasting is on Wednesday May 19 from 4:00 to 5:30, then, if you wish, stay for dinner.  Make your reservation by calling 650.322.3376.  The restaurant is at the southeast corner of El Camino and Santa Cruz in Menlo Park, and free underground parking is available.

Sponsored jointly by finestItalian and by Ristorante Il Cedro.

Press Release: New Italian Art E-Commerce Website

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FinestItalian.com was born with a definite mission: to promote Italian-born artists who now live in America and whose work has its roots in the techniques and traditions of the mother country. We achieve this goal by providing these artists and artisans with an electronic storefront on which they can exhibit and sell their work, by facilitating inter-artist communication and synergies, and by providing you, the public, with information and tools to enable you to easily view the artists’ work and to select those ‘must-have’ items.

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Paintings; Ceramics; Jewelry; Pottery; Photography; Home Decor; and Much More!

Both established and emerging artisan/artists will benefit from exposure on finestItalian.com, and of course the eventual buyer benefits by having an additional efficient and secure channel for his or her acquisitions.

In the background there is a another purpose, one that stems from our love for, and pride in, our country of origin.  We are brought by this love and pride to a desire to promote its culture and its art whenever possible, because we believe that the world can only become a better and more beautiful place by an increased acceptance of Italian artistic ideals and Italian lifestyle.  To this  end we make a donation to the Italian Educational Institute, a non-profit organization based in Atherton, California, each time a sale is made.  The reason for being of the Italian Educational Institute is to promote the increased diffusion of Italian language and culture in California.

Having stated our policy of concentrating on Italian-born artists practicing their craft in America, we hasten to add that it is not our intention to enforce this rule absolutely and dogmatically.  Should we run across opportunities to bring you exceptional work directly from Italy we will do so.  And if an American-resident artisan has preserved intact his artisan traditions, he will not be excluded just because he may be a generation or two removed from the mother country.  Thus, we bring you ITALY as an idea and a lifestyle, rather than as a purely geographical construct.

Finest Italian – a real online opportunity for both established and upcoming artists

FinestItalian.com represents an effort to help artists find their way into the online art markets. It is a very useful website for catapulting artists to new levels in their careers and for increasing the demand for their works.  It also aims to educate by providing information about various painters, sculptors, artisans etc., in a historical context from the Renaissance to contemporary times. The website is a real boon for the upcoming artists as it helps people discover them and recognize their work. By featuring their art on Finest Italian, the website encourages Italian artists to produce more works thus increasing their contribution to the world of art in general.

A gateway of popularity for Italian artists who haven’t made their mark yet

Membership in Finest Italian is a mark of excellence and provides an avenue for selling Italian artwork to buyers and collectors online. Hence, the popularity of each artist is maximized and members of the website may influence the opinions of art critics, both within Italy and other countries. This takes place in a beneficial way for the exclusive artists featured on the website. This website is a success gateway for artists, as more and more people will discover, who appreciate and acquire the work of a particular artist. Then the status of the artists is surely bound to increase.

Finest Italian featuring Italian artwork in various forms

The website provides internet access to a variety of products such as Italian jewelry, Italian ceramics,  contemporary and vintage Italian paintings and photographs, and Italian art and artigianato from various other fields. There are also links to pages that are focused on each product type under the main product categories. The website also contains the complete list of Italian artists featured on the website with links to the price and description of each of their items along with an image of the item when available. You can search the name of artist or find his/her work by running a simple search query on the website.

Italian art is complex art of intense creativity and thinking and we sell these classic works in affordable, high quality modern editions to the customers all over the world. The selection of artists featured on Finest Italian aims at encouraging people to discover the work of modern Italian artists, develop interest in their work and spread the word around the world to encourage the artistic endeavor.

Acquiring Italian Paintings and other Art

The History of Italian Art is Important To Understand

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Italy is a country internationally admired for its vast culture, art and romance. The fascinating history and culture that constitute the essence of Italy is exemplified partly by its fashionable art, which has been flourishing and enriching the world since ancient times to the present.  Italian art recreates the heart and soul of Italian life and makes you feel like you are standing there in the midst of beautiful countrysides, vineyards, gardens and coastlines. Italian art finds its expressions in characteristically beautiful and elegant ceramics, drawings, paintings, sculptures, architecture, as well as in modern and vintage photography, cinematography, design and other crafts.

Acquiring Italian Art

The traditions of Italian art and craftsmanship go back to pre-Roman times and come to us through the Medieval reflowerings, the Renaissance, the Baroque, etc.  But most original Italian art, as is true everywhere in the world, is properly preserved in art galleries and museums to be enjoyed by connoisseurs and casual visitors alike for the price of an admission ticket.  It is only the truly wealthy and the truly dedicated who can afford to add a Raffaello or a Caravaggio to their private collections. But there hope for the rest of us: contemporary artists who are virtual students of the great masters in that they have nurtured their talents in their traditions and their styles offer us the opportunity to catch solid echoes of the works of the masters of long ago at a fraction of the cost. Other artists, on the other hand, have evolved their art along paths that lead to no immediately discernible connection with the classical masters, but their art exudes nevertheless the same subtle aura of “Italianity”.  The works of these contemporary artists and artisans are within reach of most of us, and who’s to say which of them will be deemed a Raffaello by the art critics of a century hence?  Another affordable possibility, for us “normal” people, to display a masterwork in our homes is the acquisition of a quality print, which can be obtained in a variety of sizes at reasonable cost.

Italian Art In Modern Age


Modern Art in Italy can be summed up by three different major artistic movements, namely Futurism, the Metaphysical School, and Classical Modern Art

Futurism came to life as a child of the Industrial revolution.  Its first proponent , poet Filippo Marinetti, published a manifesto on “Le Figaro’ in 1909. He summed up the major principles of the futurists, such as a love of technology, speed and violence, a celebration of the technological era of the future. Industrial cities, along with cars, and airplanes represented the ongoing motion of modern life and a sense of victory of man over nature and demanded a blunt cut from the traditions of art of the past. While Futurism remained mostly confined to Italy some of its ideas influenced movements such as dadaism, Surrealism , Art deco and constructivism (Carlo Carra’, Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Antonio Sant’Elia)

The Metaphysical School
Giorgio de Chirico is considered the father of this art movement, closely followed by Carlo Carra’, already a leading futurist.  The main characteristic of the movement is the concern with the effects of the subconscious mind on people’s lives. The result is idealized Italian cities and their squares (piazze) and the dream like effects of mixing and bonding of object of a visionary world . This movement is believed to have influenced Surrealism, which later dominated art in Europe. ( De Chirico, Carra’, Giorgio Morandi)

Classical Modern Art in Italy
At the beginning of the 20th century The Classical Modern school of art was popular in most of Europe with several Italian artists at the core of this school .  The intent of the school was the revitalizing of a simpler, less sentimental but more vigorous Classical tradition (Arrigone, Arturo Martini, Manzu’)

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