Fashion models rest on a street corner, by Milton Greene, Italy, 1951

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  4. I MODI

    I Modi (The Ways), also known as The Sixteen Pleasures or under the Latin title De omnibus Veneris Schematibus, is a famous erotic book of the Italian Renaissance in which a series of sexual positions were explicitly depicted in engravings. While the original edition was apparently completely destroyed by the Catholic Church, fragments of a later edition survive. The original illustrations were probably copied by Agostino Caracci, whose version survives. The original edition was created by the engraver Marcantonio Raimondi, published by Raimondi in 1524, and led to his imprisonment by Pope Clement VII and the destruction of all copies of the illustrations. Despite the seeming loss of Raimondi’s originals today, it seems certain that at least one full set survived, since both the 1550 woodcuts and the so-called Caracci suite of prints agree in every compositional and stylistic respect with those fragments that have survived. The images nominally depicted famous pairings of lovers (e.g. Antony and Cleopatra) or husband-and-wife deities (e.g. Jupiter and Juno) from classical history and mythology engaged in sexual activity, and were entitled as such.

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  5. By the hair
    It bore the sever’d member, lantern-wise
    Pendent in hand, which look’d at us and said,
    “Woe’s me!”

    Gustave Doré, from Dante’s Inferno, by Dante Alighieri, New York, circa 1866.

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  6. Gli italiani si voltano, Milan, by Mario De Biasi 1953

    Photo Tractatus

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  7. Bartolomeo Veneto, Portrait of a Man, Italy, c. 1530

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  9. Cacio e Pepe by SeppySills on Flickr.

    Cacio e Pepe: A Spicy, Creamy, Simple, Cheap and Satisfying Roman Meal

    CACIO E PEPE (Spaghetti with Pecorino Romana and Fresh Ground Pepper) – serves 2 as a main, 3 to 4 as a starter)


    • 3/4 pound of spaghetti
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper (depending on how spicy you want it!)
    • a bit of the pasta cooking liquid (about 1/4 to 1/2 of a ladel-full)
    • 1/2 cup of freshly ground pecorino romano
    • 1/2 cup freshly ground parmigiano reggiano

    What to do:

    1. Boil your spaghetti until perfectly al dente (about 7 minutes)
    2. In a separate pan, on low-medium heat, add your butter, oil and 1/2 of your pepper and allow the butter to melt, swirly the pan around to help it move a bit.
    3. When spaghetti is done, add a bit of the cooking liquid to your melted butter/pepper/olive oil sauce and swirl the pot again.  Turn heat down to low. Add your spaghetti and toss once. 
    4. Add your cheeses and the rest of the pepper and toss the spaghetti again in the pan.
    5. Plate and top with a sprinkle more of pepper and cheese.  Voila!  DONE.

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  10. Giovanni Paolo Panini, Interior of the Pantheon, Rome, Italy, c. 1750

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