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Love Notes…

In these days of world suffering, a touch of love notes to cheer the heart.
Published by Hoffmann & Hoffmann with the contribution of Blurb, a new edition of “In vino Veritart” The art book by Roberto Sironi and Mariagrazia Pia.

The novelty lies not only in the usual beauty of Sironi’s painting and in Mariagrazia Pia’s verses but also in the brilliance of the colors highlighted by Blurb‘s print. The visionary strategies of the two artists find the relief of a careful graphic geometry made of colors, poems and anecdotes linked to the artistic union of the two authors.

A series of poetic reflections around wine, wine in all its states, love for wine, submission to wine, moods and amorous stunts next to a glass of wine, the magic of wine, his numbness, falling in love and disappointment.
The life that turns with surprises and its magic, linked to a glass of wine like the reader to its pages and lovers to its fumes.

Roberto Sironi is a multifaceted artist, his interests range from music, theater, painting, up to cinema and writing.
Mariagrazia Pia, writer and poetess with numerous books and literary works.

The limited edition book is sold exclusively on Amazon and Blurb channels as well as at Hoffmann & Hoffmann Publisher.


The Artist

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“The gods,” the artist said, “pleasure themselves with men by
rummaging through their lives, wounding their bodies with their
darts of pain, denying man the ability to be near them, yet they still
make us love them and feel the thrill of immortality.”

It is the story of life, the metaphor of human pettiness and the reactions linked to them. A journey along the short but intense parabola of an artist painter who finds himself projected (by chance) into a world of lights and lust. Checkpoint Charlie is the limit, the line that not everyone wants to cross, where there is no return except after selling the soul to the devil.

“What is your job?” The artist asked.
“Undertaker” he said. Twenty-five years of work, and he’d certainly
buried a lot of people. He dug the grave and if necessary, undressed
and redressed the body. They pay for everything.
“Do the dead stink?”
“Yes, a great deal.”
“Animals don’t have cemeteries. Why is it that, in your opinion?”

Michele Iacono offers us reasons to reflect, on the limits that the common moral sense imposes. It retraces Italy in its most beautiful cities telling us the limits that some of us have decided or have been forced to face.
The Artist presents itself as new air on the American market after its release in Italian under the title Checkpoint Charlie. Published by Hoffmann & Hoffmann and distributed by Ingram.

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Tom Hanks and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss the Religious Convictions Behind Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Ahead of Tom Hanks-Starring Biopic

New Brunswick, N.J. (Oct. 18, 2019) – Rutgers scholar Louis Benjamin Rolsky is available to discuss the religious and spiritual convictions that infused the life of Fred Rogers and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as Rogers, is scheduled for release next month.

Rogers, who became an ordained minister in 1963, challenged the culture of his time by addressing topics like divorce, war, and racism in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He exemplified an understanding of religion-as-service, and sought its application in American public life and to children’s programming. The episode in which Rogers introduced an African-American police officer, followed by the cooling and washing of feet together in a small pool in the name of friendship and mutual understanding, challenged many racist assumptions at the time and embodied Rogers’ theological commitment to treating others as he would like to be treated. Rogers understood television less as a passive instrument of pure reception, and more as an interactive medium that could shape individuals in real time, especially children, Rolsky said.

 Rolsky, a part-time lecturer in Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Department of Religious Studies, is an expert in relationships between religion, American politics and popular culture in post-World War II America. He is the author of Rise and Fall of the Religious Left : Politics, Television, and Popular Culture in the 1970s and Beyond.

He can be reached by contacting Cynthia Medina.

Media contact: Cynthia Medina, c.medina@rutgers.edu, 848-445-1940


In Vino Veritart is a journey through the multi-artistic genius of Roberto Sironi and the poetic sensibility of Mariagrazia Pia. A journey through the world of wine and its love drifts through colors and images imbued with tannic emotions, sometimes tender, sensual and dreamy. It is an original work in a visionary and futuristic artistic form where the talent of the writer is combined with the skill of the painter.

In vino veritart in Dubai sold by Ingram at the World Trade Center Mall, Al Danah, Abu Dhabi

International Poetry Festival of Milan – 11 May 2019 –
Presentation of the project “Love notes of a bottled humankind” (Italian)

in vino veritart solicits donations for Autism society of Florida, through its publisher Hoffmann & Hoffmann. The Autism Society of Florida is a statewide affiliate of the Autism Society of America and is your best source of information and support, a nonprofit 501(c)3 comprised entirely of volunteers, mostly parents and people with autism.

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The art of Antonio Leone


  By Anna Maria Rizzato


Antonio Leone’s art comes from the Greek world.
He follows the fundamental rules settled by Policleto for the harmonious proportions and look at the Hellenic sculptures, for their extreme dynamism in the bodies postures and the astonishing realism of facial’s expression.
However Master Leone is a son of his time and in the past forty years he had kept on growing, creating his own identity on his profession.
His growth follows the sculpture’s developments in the medieval and Romanesque period and the influence of the latter shows in his altar-frontals and high-relieves.
In his journey across centuries, he almost goes beyond Renaissance to reach quickly Baroque, in accordance with his disposition.
His sculpture is at the same time strong, visceral and emphatic.
In the Priolo’s church , as a matter of fact, the bas-relieves are strong, spiritual figures, visceral at times, speaking to a group of faithful people and exclusively in a decorative language.
His work feed on Neoclassicism and look at Canova to learn how to give the beauty of the Greek statues to his own work, with a touch of epidermic sensuality and grace. 
On his journey across the centuries the self-taught Master “discovers” the meaning of plasticity. The sculpture of Master Antonio Leone is the continuous search of a breath of life to infuse into the cold marble, creating still figures ready to live.
To reach gracefulness, he follows the footsteps of the great Michelangelo, by rough-casting the marble, drawing his own dream of an image.

Operation Minerva

by F. Guzzardi
This compelling crime novel is based on six true stories, told by the very same financiers and archeologists who experienced them. They portray the difficult job of A.R.T., the Art Recovery Team of Italy’s Finance Police, in its daily battle against art traffickers. The protagonists are the young Marshal Sergio, the captivating Lieutenant Giulio and the omniscient Commander. Their enemies are grave robbers, art traffickers, delinquents and counterfeiters. The everyday experiences of the three main characters involve family, love, friendship, but also life and death. Every day they risk their lives in order to protect and recover Italy’s artistic patrimony, which is dispersed illegally throughout the world. Broken-into necropolises, stolen treasures, dangerous investigations, mystery, action, intelligence and avant-garde technology all play a role in combatting the world’s third biggest illegal market: art trafficking, the scope of which pales only in comparison to the trafficking of drugs and arms. The #1 book inspired by stories of art stolen in Italy and recovered by the Guardia di Finanza, Italy’s Finance Police.


Published in 2014 simultaneously in Italy and America, thanks to the translation by David A. Masters, the first novel of a criminal investigation, freely inspired by the events of the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage Group of Guardia di Finanza, narrated from the voice of the protagonists: men in gray-green every day in the fight against art trafficking. Three protagonists consume their stories every day risking their lives to protect and recover our great artistic patrimony dispersed around the world. intelligence activities, advanced technologies, mystery and action, to combat the third source of business for OC, after drugs and arms trafficking.

Operation Minerva is a book that tells the real stories of men and women engaged in a struggle against the crimes perpetrated on the world’s artistic heritage. It is a tribute to those who work in anonymity, with their personal stories of love and loneliness. Italy is a battleground, due to the long history and cultures that have passed through the country. The psychologies of traffickers and those of the defenders of order, they are stripped naked and demystified. Love, hate, arrogance, are explored in this glimpse of Italian life.  A book that gives the “everyday emotions”, which makes known a world that few insiders are aware.

“Giulio he moved while remaining at a safe distance trying to better see what they were doing. The men they seemed to have a clear plan, a procedure predetermined, after the well coated fresh excavation, they threw the tools behind the bushes and without taking anything with
they walked away toward their cars. Is it possible that what they had found they had then left under the fresh earth? When they would come back to finish the work?
He went back in the van by his colleagues and listened the interception. Then he decided to go back to retrieve walk his bike, an MV Augusta Brutale, had left  far away for not to create suspicion and he needed to think. When thus was, the movement of the legs helping him.
 Operation Minerva, gives us to gloss over a world that few of us knew and did not imagine when we are contemplating artworks transmit to us by an ancient culture that survives accessible to all thanks to the efforts of these men and women and we are reminded with care and detailing the human aspect of its protagonists, from a talented writer, studious of the human soul, Susanna Casubolo.

Frida Kahlo

By F Guzzardi
When analyzing the profiles of famous people with disabilities, tends to emphasize the aspect of “heroic” character and  the dark side and difficult. In the case of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, disability has been disguised by its ability to sublimate the painin personal works of art that are appreciatedregardless of its extraordinary biography.

His life was intense and cruel. characterized bystrong emotions and torments that procureddepression. But his art is a testimony of the success achieved that saves it from being considered to be a “victim” that a icon with disabilities “, in spite of apatriarchal culture, of an unfaithful husband and a horrible accident that could have been nourish the mythof “tragic heroine”.

She was a woman with a disability whofrom the outset faced her plight opposing Doom,able to transform the immobility opportunities in artistic and subsequently to transform suffering into art. The pain depicted in his paintings is never tragic, if anything bold and vivid: Frida draws the strength and the weakness of mankind.
The numerous self-portraits, unusual and full of color, make us perceivewhat this woman’s body wound, was central to his ar and in his life

Frida was a woman with a special force, you probably need to have to address both the health problems that the most strictly personal. The thirty have undergone surgical operations, some non-essential froma medical point of view, or the fury with which he sought to accomplish threepregnancies, without success, showing the determination to overcome the barrier of his frail body, considered an obstacle to his strong personality and the enormous thirst for life.

Even the relationship with the famous painter Diego Rivera,which caused more pain than joy, brings out the intense passion with which hewas able to deal with the drift frustrating and turn this obsession into a loving bond almost mystical. In the pages of his diary, kept over the last ten years of his life, Frida declares his passionunreservedly to her husband, and only after the amputation of his right leg, a year before his death, it appears the inevitable discomfortthat makes her feel inadequate and eager to leave.

Frida Kahlo wasborn in 1907 in Coyoacán, then a suburb of Mexico City. The mother had mestizo origins, father, photographer, was born inBaden-Baden. His parents, in fact, Hungarian Jews had emigrated toGermany.
The relationship with his father was characterized by great admiration andaffection and when he painted the portrait, he added on the bottom of it the words: “I pictured my father Wilhelm Kahlo, original Hungarian-German artist and photographerby profession, character generous, intelligent, noble and courageous, because, although it has sufferedfrom epilepsy for sixty years, he never stopped working and fought against Hitler, withadmiration. His daughter Frida Kahlo. “

Mexican painter noted for her intense, brilliantly coloured self-portraits painted in a primitivistic style. Though she denied the connection, she is often identified as a Surrealist. She was married to muralist Diego Rivera (1929, separated 1939, remarried 1941).

<!–[if !mso]>st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]–>In 1925 Kahlo was involved in a bus accident that so seriously injured her that she had to undergo some 35 medical operations. During her slow recovery from the trauma, Kahlo taught herself to paint. She showed her early efforts to Rivera, whom she had met a few years earlier, and he encouraged her to continue to paint. After their marriage, Kahlo traveled (1930–33) with Rivera, who had received commissions for murals from several cities in the United States. In 1938 she met André Breton, a leading Surrealist, who championed her work; both Breton and Marcel Duchamp were influential in arranging for some of the exhibits of her work in the United States and Europe. In 1943 she was appointed a professor of painting at La Esmeralda, the Education Ministry’s School of Fine Arts. Her house in Coyoacán is now the Frida Kahlo Museum. The Diary of Frida Kahlo, covering the years 1944–54, and The Letters of Frida Kahlo were both published in 1995.
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Frida Kahlo de Rivera,  original name  MagdalenaCarmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón  
born July 6, 1907, Coyoacán, Mex.
July 13, 1954, Coyoacán


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