Retired musicians enjoy ‘grand finale’ at historic Verdi home

Nearly 120 years after Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi called it his “most beautiful work”, ageing musicians still play out their days at his Casa Verdi retirement home.

Did Da Vinci draw the ‘Nude Mona Lisa’?

It’s undergone a battery of tests and expert analyses, and the verdict is in: a drawing entitled the ‘Nude Mona Lisa’ and kept at the Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris, was created in the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci. Experts say there is a “likelihood” the Italian master participated in its creation.

Amber Heard, Janelle Monae front row at Valli

A slanted wall with trapezoid-shaped window holes and sanitized lighting evoked the mood of a spaceship for Italian designer Giambattista Valli at his show in Paris. (March 5)

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Lost painting thought to be by Caravaggio unveiled in London

After two years of restoration, a Renaissance oil painting thought to be by artist Caravaggio, has been unveiled in London. ‘Judith and Holofernes’ is thought to be the Italian painter’s last masterpiece. It depicts the biblical tale of the widow Judith, beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes, to defend her city Bethula. The painting is expected to fetch 120 million euros at auction but its authenticity has divided experts.

Dior presents latest collection at Paris Fashion Week

On the second day of the Paris Fashion Week, Dior unveils its Autumn-Winter 2019 offerings at the Musée Rodin in Paris, with artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri choosing to pay tribute to the Teddy Girls of 1950s Britain and Italian artist Tomaso Binga.

First Crush: Alessandra Mastronardi

Italian actress Alessandra Mastronardi has a “Titanic” crush on a certain American actor in her youth. (Feb. 20)

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Mini me: Rossi finds fountain of youth in his academy

Italian motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi says he has discovered the fountain of youth in his VR46 Riders Academy as he aspires to continue competing at the highest level past his 40th birthday on Saturday.

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Here are the top stories for Saturday, Feb. 9th: President Trump prepares to meet NKorea’s Kim; VA gov. pledges to heal state’s racial divide; Sen. Warren made her bid for presidency official; Thousands of people watch parade at Italian city’s carnival.

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