Sunflowers

“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke” -Vincent Van Gogh

Hi, my fellow readers! I’m sorry, I haven’t been really active later but I’m busy with school and other assignments. Whatever, I’ve been also struggling with finding inspirations for my posts. Any suggestion? Feel free to tell me, your opinions matter.

I took these photos so if you want to save them, just tell me 🙂

I love sunflowers and photography is my passion so I wanted to share with you all. You can find me on Instagram, EyeEm and some of my photos are on Getty Images.

Have a fun Sunday!

-Stefania

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“A girl with schizophrenia” -Haniah Hamzah

I started to talk with Haniah by chance, it happened in a foggy day of November and I still remember when I was the notifications and noticed that she liked all my poems, I was really surprised! She sent me a message then and we  got  along instantly. I checked her profile and  I opened her book without any doubt: I was extremely curious and, if I have to be honest, I’ve never read a book about Schizophrenia, especially because of the stigma around this illness, so my expectations were really high. What can I say? It was really worth it. When I first read the  book, it was a working progress but it was already a promising one. I complimented with her instantly because I thought she was really brave, not anyone is capable of writing and be open about this kind of topics. Sufferers have been demonised for years, perceived as monsters and unhuman but she’s clearly fighting these prejudices  by showing that they’re like us, there isn’t any difference and we need to respect them and be compassionate towards their situation. I noticed her efforts and her honesty  and I have to say that I really admire what she’s doing: I would never be capable of such truthfulness and openess as she describes the most painful moments of her life. The most touching part is the one when she talks about her psychosis and I can say I really felt her pain, she explains well what it’s like to live with this illness and  I can say that reading this book can really open your mind and make you understand more about her world. ! She’s just a normal girl, like me, like you, fighting against demons of all sorts, against her mind and she’s battling in the best way ever: she is writing, she’s is expressing what could be kept hidden, it’s astonishing!

I really suggest this book, the content  is extremely good  and it has the potential to become the brilliant one! I also recommend it to those people who share the same issues, you will feel understood and not alone, not again.

You can find her on Wattpad!

A girl with Schizophrenia 

Diary of a girl with Schizophrenia

 

-Stefania

Movies you can watch in December

I’ve been watching a lot of movies on Netflix these days, I simply can’t stop. However, this is a list of movies I really enjoyed and I think you could do too!

 

  1. The legend of 900 (La leggenda del pianista sull’oceano)(1998)

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Danny Boodmann, a stoker on an American passenger liner, Virginian, finds a baby abandoned on the ship. He names the child Danny Boodmann T.D. Lemon Nineteen Hundred ‘1900’ and raises the child as his own until his death in an accident on the ship. The child never leaves the ship and turns out to be a musical genius, especially when it comes to playing the piano. As an adult he befriends a trumpet player in the ship’s band, Max Tooney. After several years on the ship Max leaves, and tells the story of 1900 to the owner of a music store.

Source: IMDb

2. Operation finale (2018)

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Director Chris Weitz’s historical thriller is based on the story of how a group of Israeli secret agents arrested notorious SS officer Adolf Eichmann – the man who masterminded the “Final Solution” – in Argentina. Oscar Isaac plays the legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin, while Ben Kingsley plays his emotionally manipulative arch-nemesis. After tracking Eichmann down to Buenos Aires, Malkin and his men captured him and brought him to Israel for a historic 8-month trial.

(Available on Netflix)

Source: IMDb

3. 22 July

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In Norway on 22 July 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 young people attending a Labour Party Youth Camp on Utøya Island outside of Oslo. A three-part story. About the survivors of the attacks, the political leadership of Norway, and the lawyers involved.

(Available on Netflix)

Source: IMDb

4. Suite Française (2014)

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France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers’ own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and leads them into the tragedy of war.

(Avilable on Netflix)

Source: IMDb

5. Okja (2017)

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For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja-a massive animal and an even bigger friend-at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.

(Available on Netflix)

Source: IMDb

6. 500 days of summer (2009)1200px-500_Days_of_Summer

After it looks as if she’s left his life for good this time, Tom Hansen reflects back on the just over one year that he knew Summer Finn. For Tom, it was love at first sight when she walked into the greeting card company where he worked, she the new administrative assistant. Soon, Tom knew that Summer was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Although Summer did not believe in relationships or boyfriends – in her assertion, real life will always ultimately get in the way – Tom and Summer became more than just friends. Through the trials and tribulations of Tom and Summer’s so-called relationship, Tom could always count on the advice of his two best friends, McKenzie and Paul. However, it is Tom’s adolescent sister, Rachel, who is his voice of reason. After all is said and done, Tom is the one who ultimately has to make the choice to listen or not.

Source: IMDb

-Stefania

The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Myself, Diego and Señor Xólotl (1949)

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The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Myself, Diego and Señor Xólotl (1949) is a self-portrait that celebrates the final resolution of the Riveras’ marriage. Here Frida is the earth mother/Madonna nurturing the baby she could never have – her “Dieguito.” Now she does not need to clasp him tightly, for the couple’s union is sustained by a series of love embraces that roots them in the Mexican earth and in the ancient dark/light duality of a pre-Columbian universe. Even Frida’s itzcuintli dog, Xolotl, is encompassed by this vast interlocking pyramid of love.

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-Stefania

The Wounded Deer (1946)

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The Wounded Deer is a self-portrait that symbolically addresses the physical and emotional pain associated with her injuries.

In the piece, Kahlo has depicted herself as a deer—a choice perhaps inspired by her beloved pet, Granizo. Struck by arrows and positioned behind a broken branch (an object used in traditional Mexican funeral rites), it is clear that the deer is likely going to die. At the time of the painting’s creation, Kahlo’s health was in decline. In addition to failed corrective surgeries and the ongoing physical pain associated with her accident, she also suffered from gangrene and other illnesses.

Furthermore, like The Broken ColumnThe Wounded Deer references Christian iconography. According to the bible, Saint Sebastian, an early Christian saint and martyr, was killed by an onslaught of arrows. His death has remained a popular subject in art for centuries, and likely inspired Kahlo’s choice of subject matter.

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Piero della Francesca e Antonello Da Messina

Piero della Francesca occupa una posizione centrale nell’arte del Quattrocento italiano ed europeo: esponente della seconda generazione di pittori umanisti, realizza pienamente l’accordo tra arte e geometria, tra applicazione calcolata delle regole prospettiche ed espressione poetica. La formazione di Piero si svolge  a Firenze, ma tutta la sua attività successiva ha luogo in ”provincia” (Sansepolcro, Arezzo, Rimini, Ferrara,  Urbino, Perugia), offrendo così un contributo fondamentale per la diffusione dell’arte umanistica in diversi centri italiani. Piero risiede preferibilmente nella cittadina natale, collocata lungo la strada che collega la Toscana Orientale, l’Umbria e Urbino. Durante gli anni ’40 egli alterna periodi di lavoro a Sansepolcro con soggiorni in altre città, fra cui Roma: a Ferrara entra in contatto con Leon Battista Alberti e, forse, con Rogier van der Weyden. A partire dal 1452 è impegnato nell’impresa più importante della sua carriera: le Storie della Vera Croce ad Arezzo, , una delle opere fondamentali del Rinascimento europeo, specialmente per la varietà delle situazioni narrative, la monumentalità delle figure, il calcolo ineccepibile degli spazi e l’intensità delle espressioni.

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Il tono sacrale della rappresentazione non investe solo la solenne gravità dei gesti dei personaggi, ma la natura stessa, lo spazio entro cui si muovono le figure: uomini e natura appaiono ricreati in assoluto accordo proporzionale, secondo le leggi armoniche e razionali che riflettono l’originaria perfezione di tutto il creato. Durante gli anni ’60 Piero è attivo soprattutto a Urbino, presso la corte del duca Federico de Montefeltro.

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Ritratto di Guidobaldo da Montefeltro

Il periodo urbinate, oltre che da alcuni memorabili capolavori, è contrassegnato da fitti incontri  con artisti internazionali e dalla stesura di trattati di geometria, prospettiva e algebra. Dalla fine degli anni ’70 Piero deve smettere di dipingere, a causa della perdita della vista. Rientrato a San Sepolcro, si dedica al completamento dei trattati. L’artista che simboleggia il mondo intellettuale del Quattrocento muore il giorno della scoperta dell’America,  il 12 ottobre 1492.

 

Antonello da Messina

Antonello da Messina fu l’anello di congiunzione tra Fiandre e Italia, l’artista fondamentale per comprendere le ”rotte mediterranee” che si intrecciano nella prima pittura internazionale a metà del Quattrocento.

La sua formazione si svolge nell’ambiente napoletano intorno al 1450, alla scuola del maestro Colantonio e, soprattutto, in contatto con le collezioni regali di arte fiamminga e provenzale: fin dalle prime opere Antonello mostra le capacità di combinare in modo innovativo l’attenzione ai minimi dettagli naturalistici con un ampio respiro spaziale. Alternando ripetuti viaggi con soggiorni e opere, in Sicilia conosce una rapida e autonoma evoluzione che si esprime attraverso nuove versioni del tema della Crocifissione e una serie di ritratti virili, tutti di personaggi rimasti senza nome e anche per questo avvolti in un affascinante mistero. Dopo aver risalito l’Italia, Antonello raggiunge l’apice della carriera con il soggiorno a Venezia, tra il 1474 e il 1476.         Muore a Messina nel 1479.

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Ritratto d’uomo, National Gallery, Londra.

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L’annunciata

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Madonna col bambino, 1475

-Stefania

Self Portrait with Cropped Hair (1940) by Frida Kahlo

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1940. Oil on canvas, 15 3/4 x 11″ (40 x 27.9 cm)

Kahlo cut her hair short a month after her divorce from fellow artist Diego Rivera, and she painted this self-portrait soon after. Here she depicted herself wearing an oversized men’s suit and crimson shirt—possibly Rivera’s—instead of one of the traditional Mexican dresses that she is often shown wearing. Her masculine haircut and garments contrast with her delicate, dangling earrings and petite high-heeled shoes. Kahlo holds a pair of scissors in one hand and a lock of hair in the other, and her shorn tresses seem to slither and writhe around her. Above the scene, accompanied by a sequence of musical notes, are lyrics from a Mexican folk song that, when translated, read: “Look, if I loved you it was because of your hair. Now that you are without hair, I don’t love you anymore.”1

For some, Kahlo may have made this portrait to mourn the absence of her ex-husband, who had been unfaithful (and whom she would remarry by the end of 1940). For others, this image is a declaration of Kahlo’s self-reliance and independence.

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-Stefania

Reinassance humanism, rebirth and development

Reinassace humanism (in Italian “Rinascimento” and “umanesimo”) is the study if Classical antiquities, at first in Italy and then all across Western Europe in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. It was about the use of knowledge, love and a sort of excessive interest in the past, used to change the future.

Pietro Perugino.

Some of the first humanist were great collectors of antique manuscripts, including Petrarch, Boccaccio and Bracciolini. Petrarch was called the “Father of the Humanism” because of his devotion or loyalty to Greek and Roman literature.

Other humanists were: Cosimo de Medici (1389-1464), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494), Machiavelli (1469-1527), Pietro Bembo (1470-1555), Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533), Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529), Giordano Bruno (1548-1600).

In Italy, the humanist educational program won a rapid consent and by the mid-15th century, many from the upper classes had received a humanist education.

The migration waves of Byzantine Greek scholars helped the revival or Greek and Roman literature and science. Many humanist were churchmen, for example Pope Pius II or Leo X and the humanistic culture improved the understanding and the translations of Biblical and early Christian texts, both before and after the Protestant Reformation.

Inevitably the rediscover or classical philosophy and science challenged the traditional religious beliefs (for example, the rediscovery of Epicurism).

The school of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio.

Another phenomenon developed in these centuries and it was the patronage of arts. Rich people from the upper classes used to pay artists and poets to write and produce their paintings.

Jan Van Eyck, “Madonna di Lucca”

The movable type was also invented in 1455, by Johanes Gutenberg.

-Stefania

Black and white

White pages

And dark lines

Mixed with entities

That I can’t define

But they show in front of me

Telling me how to live

In a black page

Don’t forget to read my book “The shadow through” on Wattpad, especially if you want to read more poems!

 

Ai miei lettori italiani.

Vi andrebbe di leggere i testi di una ragazza (sempre su Wattpad) che vi giurò, scrive benissimo! Ecco il link, se siete interessati.

-Stefania

Quotes

“Are you searching for purpose?

Then write something, yeah it might be worthless

Then paint something then, it might be wordless

Pointless curses, nonsense verses

You’ll see purpose start to surface

No one else is dealing with your demons

Meaning maybe defeating them

Could be the beginning of your meaning, friend.”

-Twenty one pilots