Corsican Republic, the small and ephemeral independent state that held the first modern constitution

In 1775, on the occasion of the outbreak of the American War of Independence, a group of students from King’s College (now Columbia University), among whom was Alexander Hamilton, George Washington’s future right-hand man, founded a militia which, under the motto God and our right (the same as the British crown Dieu et mon droit…Continue readingCorsican Republic, the small and ephemeral independent state that held the first modern constitution

Simonetta Vespucci, the muse who was a model both for Botticelli and many others, died at the age of 23

If we had to choose the most famous paintings in history, there would certainly be one from Botticelli and, most likely, the one chosen would be The birth of Venus, which is one of the greatest paintings ever produced in Quattrocento. The curious thing is we can also admire the face of this goddess in…Continue readingSimonetta Vespucci, the muse who was a model both for Botticelli and many others, died at the age of 23