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Since antiquity, Italy has been considered the birthplace of Western civilization, massively influencing European culture for over 2,500 years. Over the course of the country's extensive history, Italian artists have produced some of the most renowned pieces of art and inspired important artistic movements. During the 15th century, the Renaissance style emerged from Italy, impacting painting, sculpture and decorative arts; key examples of Italian Renaissance art include Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and da Vinci's The Last Supper. In more recent centuries, Italy has produced notable furniture designers such as Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass. The Mediterranean country has also been at the forefront of international fashion for many years, being the home of luxury brands like Fendi, Versace, Armani and Gucci.

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Barnebys Goes Italian for Colasanti d’Aste Roma Auction

Colasanti d’Aste Roma, one of Rome’s auction houses, are getting ready for an extensive auction this week. Among the wide variety of objects on the auction block this Friday we find many Italian classics, but also one or two other objects of a more international character.


Great Italian Designs to Go Under the Hammer at Wright

During two days this week, Wright Auction will hold a sale filled to the brim with objects signed by the greatest creators of the 20th and 21th centuries. Among the international designers you’ll find several Italian names: Marco Zanuso, Carlo Mollino and Osvaldo Borsani to name a few.