Built in 1870, Perth Town Hall is Australia’s only Gothic-style town hall, and the only town hall built by convicts. The Perth Town Hall, situated on the corner of Hay and Barrack streets in Perth, Western Australia, is the only town hall built by convicts in Australia.HistoryDesigned by Richard Roach Jewell and James Manning in the Victorian Free Gothic style, the hall was built by convicts and free men between 1867 and 1870. Its decorations contain a number of convict motifs, including windows in the shape of the broad arrow, and decorations in the shape of a hangman's rope.The foundation stone for Perth Town Hall was laid on 24 May 1867 by Governor Hampton in a ceremony involving a lot of pomp and parade. However, there were torrential downpours. The ceremony went on anyway with an official procession from Government House and a mock battle performed by the Volunteer Regiments, Enrolled Forces of Pensioners, and the WA Country Regiment.In 1929, the Centenary of Western Australia one of the events in the city of Perth was the placing of a commemorative plaque in the northwest corner of the building by the Governor Sir William Campion.
French photographer born in 1976, Thomas Jorion lives in Paris and travels the world to achieve his singular and timeless landscapes. Self-taught, he creates his photographs in natural light using an analog large format 4×5” camera. He captures places in ruins or abandoned, and allows us to rediscover and to imagine their past glory in a bygone era. In 2013, La Martinière editions published “Silencio”, a work that combines several of his series: Silencio, The other America, Konbini, The Quest of the soviets… From 2013 to 2016, Thomas Jorion has been focusing his photographic exploration on the former French colonies; these new series lead to a second book published by La Martinière “Vestiges of the empire” and presented on the occasion of his participation in Paris Photo. Since Thomas Jorion has taken over and developed the series “Veduta” on the Italian Palaces and Villas. This series will be presented for the first time in Paris in February 2019.
The Teatro la Fenice, is one of "the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre", and in the history of opera as a whole. Especially in the 19th century, The Fenice Opera House was founded in 1792, and it was inaugurated on the 16th of May, in the day of Ascension Festivity (Fèsta de la Sènsa) in which was celebrate the Marriage of Venice with the sea. The Opera House, since its birth, tells us the history of Venice. La Fenice became the site of many famous operatic premieres at which the works of several of the four major bel canto era composers – Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi – were performed. Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes" despite losing the use of three theatres to fire, the first in 1774 after the city's leading house was destroyed and rebuilt but not opened until 1792; the second fire came in 1836, but rebuilding was completed within a year. However, the third fire was the result of arson. It destroyed the house in 1996 leaving only the exterior walls, but it was rebuilt and re-opened in November 2004. In order to celebrate this event the tradition of the Venice New Year's Concert started. La Fenice is the Theatre of Venice. La Fenice has resuscitated twice from the ashes. La Fenice is Venice and reflects its history and embodies its myth. Water and light, fire and air are the elements that indissolubly constitute his Majesty. La Fenice is consecrated to Apollo and in the Theatre’s blue sky the Hours dance in the middle of a grove, where the audience sits in the stalls. San Marco’s Lion, also illuminated by Apollo on the Royal Box, is Venice itself, unique and uncontested beauty in its sea of enchantment.
Taj Mahal. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Its refined elegance is a conspicuous contrast both to the Hindu architecture of pre-Islamic India, with its thick walls, corbelled arches and heavy lintels, and to the Indo-Islamic styles, in which Hindu elements are combined with an eclectic assortment of motifs from Persian and Turkish sources.
Trieste is a beautiful city and a seaport in northeastern Italy. It is situated towards the end of a narrow strip of Italian territory lying between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia, which lies approximately 10–15 km (6.2–9.3 mi) south and east of the city. Croatia is some 30 km (19 mi) to the south. Trieste is located at the head of the Gulf of Trieste and throughout history, it has been influenced by its location at the crossroads of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures. Trieste was one of the oldest parts of the Habsburg Monarchy, belonging to it from 1382 until 1918. In the 19th century, the monarchy was one of the Great Powers of Europe and Trieste was its most important seaport. As a prosperous seaport in the Mediterranean region, Trieste became the fourth largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In the fin de siècle period at the end of the 19th century, it emerged as an important hub for literature and music. Trieste underwent an economic revival during the 1930s, and Trieste was an important spot in the struggle between the Eastern and Western blocs after the Second World War.
The Teatro Massimo Bellini is an opera house in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. Named after the local-born composer Vincenzo Bellini, it was inaugurated on 31 May 1890 with a performance of the composer's masterwork, Norma. The creation of what was to finally become the Teatro Massimo Bellini took almost two hundred years, beginning with discussions following the disastrous 1693 earthquake which completely destroyed Catania. The construction of a public theatre was discussed, and a foundation stone was finally laid in 1812. Throughout its history, the opera house has performed almost all of Bellini's work. From its beginnings, a wide variety of operas have been performed by some highly renowned singers. In 1951, to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Bellini, Maria Callas sang Norma, repeating her success in 1952 and 1953. In recent years, there has been an infusion of about $2 million, leading to the celebration of the Bellini bicentennial during the 2001 season and to a major renovation of the house.
Tiramisu is a traditional sweet and food product spread throughout the Italian territory, whose origins are debated and are attributed above all to Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It is a spoon dessert made from ladyfingers (or other crumbly biscuits) soaked in coffee and covered with a cream, composed of mascarpone, eggs, and sugar, which in some variations is flavored with liqueur. Tiramisu is among the most loved desserts by Italians, the most requested by foreigners in Italy and has an unchallenged reputation in the world. The Accademia ofTiramisù is a cultural and food and wine association, inspired by the principles of historical, cultural and gastronomic information. Its aim is to disseminate the true geographic origins and the authentic ingredients for the traditional recipe.
Le radici della famiglia Bevilacqua nel mondo della tessitura affondano nel 1499. In quest’anno, infatti, Giovanni Mansueti ha dipinto San Marco trascinato nella sinagoga, segnalando in un cartiglio i nomi dei committenti: tra questi appare un certo “Giacomo Bevilacqua Tessitore”. La Tessitura è stata poi fondata da Luigi Bevilacqua nel 1875, che ha recuperato telai e macchinari anticamente usati dalla Scuola della Seta della Serenissima. L’azienda continua quindi un’antica arte di Venezia, decaduta nel Settecento e rinata nell’Ottocento, combinando tecniche e disegni storici con un tocco di modernità. Vengono prodotti broccati, il velluto soprarizzo, il lampasso chhanno uso nell'arredamento e nell'alta moda.
Tel Aviv, an amazing city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, is marked by stark 1930s Bauhaus buildings, thousands of which are clustered in the White City architectural area, and became designated a UNESCO world heritage site. The city was founded in 1909 by the Jewish residents as a modern housing estate on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa, then part of the Jerusalem province of Ottoman Syria. Museums include Beit Hatfutsot, whose multimedia exhibits illustrate the history of Jewish communities worldwide. The Eretz Israel Museum covers the country’s archaeology, folklore, and crafts, and features an on-site excavation of 12th-century-B.C. ruins.
Turin is the capital of Piedmont and is known for the refinement of its architecture and its cuisine. The Alps rise to the north-west of the city. Sumptuous baroque buildings and old cafés flank the avenues and grand squares of Turin, such as Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo. Nearby is the high spire of the Mole Antonelliana, from the 19th century, which hosts the interactive exhibitions of the National Cinema Museum. Turin is the capital of Piedmont and is known for the refinement of its architecture and its cuisine. The Alps rise to the north-west of the city. Sumptuous baroque buildings and old cafés flank the avenues and grand squares of Turin, such as Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo. Nearby is the high spire of the Mole Antonelliana, from the 19th century, which hosts the interactive exhibitions of the National Cinema Museum. The Egyptian Museum, second to that of the Cairo, is worth a visit, as well as the royal palaces of the Savoy Family, especially the Reggia of Venaria Reale.
Tutankhamun's mask, or funerary mask of Tutankhamun, is the death mask of the 18th-dynasty ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. It was discovered by Howard Carter in 1925 in tomb KV62 and is now housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The mask is one of the best-known works of art in the world. Bearing the likeness of Osiris, Egyptian god of the afterlife, it is 54 centimetres (1.8 ft) tall, weighs over 10 kilograms (22 lb) or 321.5 Troy Ounces, and is decorated with semi-precious stones. An ancient spell from the Book of the Dead is inscribed in hieroglyphs on the mask's shoulders. The mask had to be restored in 2015 after its 2.5-kilogram (5.5 lb) plaited beard fell off and was hastily glued back on by museum workers. According to Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, the mask is "not only the quintessential image from Tutankhamun's tomb, it is perhaps the best-known object from ancient Egypt itself
The Taj Mahal in India, is an enormous mausoleum complex commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the remains of his beloved wife. Constructed over a 20-year period on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, India, the famed complex is one of the most outstanding examples of Mughal architecture, which combined Indian, Persian and Islamic influences. At its center is the Taj Mahal itself, built of shimmering white marble that seems to change color depending on the daylight. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, it remains one of the world’s most celebrated structures and a stunning symbol of India’s rich history. The plans for the complex have been attributed to various architects of the period, though the chief architect was probably Ustad Aḥmad Lahawrī, an Indian of Persian descent. The five principal elements of the complex—main gateway, garden, mosque, jawāb (literally “answer”; a building mirroring the mosque), and mausoleum (including its four minarets)—were conceived and designed as a unified entity according to the tenets of Mughal building practice, which allowed no subsequent addition or alteration. Building commenced about 1632. More than 20,000 workers were employed from India, Persia, the Ottoman Empire, and Europe to complete the mausoleum itself by about 1638–39; the adjunct buildings were finished by 1643, and decoration work continued until at least 1647. In total, construction of the 42-acre (17-hectare) complex spanned 22 years.
The city of Bagan formerly known as Pagan, formally named Arimaddanapura (the city of the enemy crusher) and also known as Tambadipa (copper earth) or Tassadessa (dry land), was the old capital of several kingdoms ancient in Burma. It is located in the central dry plains of the country, on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy River, 145 kilometers south-west of Mandalay. The thousands of temples that are spread across the plains of Bagan (sometimes spelt Pagan) are the most impressive testament to the religious devotion of Myanmar’s people – and rulers – over the centuries. They combine to form one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and provide views quite unlike anywhere else on earth.
Even today Tommaso De Carlo realizes his colors with earth and other natural materials in his workshop, which since the eighties is located in the Old Conventino in Florence, where, in an environment of artisans and artists, he works as interior decorator. Starting from the ancient techniques and decorative forms that are breathed in the Florentine territory, he has developed his own style, creating a language that updates the decorative patterns typical of the Florentine Renaissance.
Tommaso Candria opens in Mogliano Marche an handicraft factory specialised in weaving. The activity is located in the territory where’s deep-rooted the wickerwork tradition. A combination of ability and creativity allows to make unique items, which are recognizable by care of details and originality in design. Though it preserves its original handicraft character and family dimension, the firm is in a progressive expansion thanks to an extended range of articles.
With more than 50 years of experience in the wool manufacturing industry, the award-winning weaving factory TACS has kept up the good name of Casentino thanks to a production of excellence, respecting the most rigorous and traditional stages of manufacturing of the famous Casentino fabric. TACS was born and developed with Bruno Savelli’s capacity and foresight, then further improved under the leadership of his son Massimo (honoured with the title of Master Craftsman in 2016), today the company looks to the future under the guidance of Massimo’s son, David, who represents the third generation of a family focused on the respect for traditions. It is undoubtedly their love for a style the roots of which lies in the Renaissance Tuscany and that is still an uncontested symbol of elegance in Italy and around the world, that represents the trait d’union with the past. Together with the sale in the factory store, offering factory-direct prices, TACS items are available in the exhibition stands and in the prestigious boutiques all around Italy and are also exported to USA, Great Britain, Holland, Portugal, Japan, Vietnam and Korea: thus TACS Panno Casentino represents a successful example of Made in Italy that has its strength in the importance of the best quality-price ratio.
Since I was a boy I always needed to feed my passion for music, beginning to play the piano at age of six. As time passed, I practiced also the study of the saxophone and electric bass, especially in my teenage years, then I chose, after my high school degree, to attend a seven-month course of Technical Sound Engineering, moved always by curiosity to deepen the study of digital music processes, acoustic science and electronic music, such as audio editing, sound diffusion instruments and production techniques. For two years, I took doublebass lessons at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, but was only after a few lessons in complementary harmony, held by maestro Portera that I started, finally, to study composition with him. For three more years I spent my time composing and experimenting music, getting awards, performances and publications of my operas. In 2015 I launched my own business in Firenze, and the production of instruments proceeds constantly.
Takafumi Mochizuki lives in Florence since 2007 and in 2008 he learned the art of restoration of the artistic furniture and wood inlay at the workshop of the Renato Olivastri Master Restorer. In 2014 he opened a shop in San Frediano, where he applied his method for inlaying.