Pietro Aretino & Michelangelo/3

In November 1545, Pietro Aretino wrote another letter to Michelangelo expressing his admiration for the Last Judgment, but later accusing him of being irreligious and indecent because “You, on the contrary, presenting so awful a subject, exhibit saints and angels, these without earthly decency, and those without celestial honours.” The letter continued disapproving of Michelangelo’s… Read More Pietro Aretino & Michelangelo/3

YouTube

YouTube was launched in February 2005 by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim, three PayPal employees, eager to set up a new site that would allow people to quickly upload a video and share it with the world.Under the slogan “Broadcast yourself”, the American online video sharing and social media platform made its debut… Read More YouTube

Pietro Aretino/1

Pietro Aretino was born on 20 April 1492, in Arezzo, Republic of Florence (Italy). He was a distinguished poet, prose writer and playwright, now recognized as the prototype of the professional author, able to gain fame and wealth through publication.His flatterers praised him as a “divine” writer, while his activity as a biting commentator on… Read More Pietro Aretino/1

When Pasternak had to decline the Nobel Prize

On 23 October 1958 Boris Pasternak (1890 – 1960) was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition.”Pasternak accepted the award, but was later forced to decline it by Soviet authorities who had banned… Read More When Pasternak had to decline the Nobel Prize