Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Yesterday, after a long illness, Ilda Bartolini missing.

Ilda was a great journalist and feminist. Her carrier began with Sergio Zavoli in the '68. In the early 70's she started working for RAI (the public television) first at the second channel as a journalist of judicial report and for this she was the witness for the society of the first processes for violence against women in Italy, she was always engaged with gender issues and for the first time in Italy she realized reports about abortion, divorce, feminism and the homosexual wedding, following the cultural changing of the country.

While working at the second channel of the public television, she invented the first news point for women ever, Diogene- on the women' s side" and after "Mafalda" the first news for women.

Then she began working for the third national channel and there she carried her experience realizing a new issues called "Punto Donna" "Woman focus” at which she was still working until yesterday although her illness.

She was the only reporter at the Conference of Women for Peace in India and China.

She was also the only Italian woman who won the international Matilde Serao Prize.

She wrote also a test on The Conference of Pechino for a book wrote by the anthropology university professor at "La Sapienza", University of Rome, and two books, the first about some of the most known Italian women politician and the power, in order to analyze the Italian society and the place that women held in politics and the second one, a report on the habit of the nowadays girls with sex compared to their mother's sexual behaviour, which became also a comedy.

Monday, 27 April 2009

A Light came down...

 Botticelli Portrait of Simonetta Cattaneo Vespucci

Today, on 1476, dead Simonetta Vespucci, the most beatiful woman of The Renaissance, the one who inspired Botticelli for his great painting as La nascita di Venere (The Birth of Venus), La Primavera (The Spring) and all the greatest painters, writers and politicians of that period,  Lorenzo The Magnificent and her brother Giuliano e.g.
On this day Lorenzo il Magnifico, Lorenzo the Magnificent will wrote: " Oh brith star..." imaging her as the brithest star in the sky after her death.

But for a star getting down a new one born on 1759: Mary Wollstonecraft.

 Piero di Cosimo, Simonetta Vespucci 

 "The Birth of the Venus of Florence" by Giovanna Lazzi, Paola Ventrone
Simonetta Vespucci. La nascita della Venere fiorentina.
© Polistampa 2007,
 pp. 192, ill. col., br., libro + DVD, € 18,00; with a DVD about the fashion of that period.

"Simonetta. A Woman at the Medici Court" by Rachele Farina
Simonetta. Una donna alla Corte dei Medici.
Bollati Boringhieri, 2001, pp. 134, ill., € 9.30