Laura Morelli

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Laura Morelli holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, has taught college students in the U.S. and in Italy, and currently produces art history lessons for TED-Ed. She authored a column for National Geographic Traveler called “The Genuine Article” and has contributed pieces about art and authentic travel to CNN Radio, The Frommers Travel Show, and in USA TODAY, Departures, and other media. Laura is the author of the Authentic Arts guidebook series that includes the popular guidebook, Made in Italy. Her fiction brings the stories of art history to life. Her debut novel, The Gondola Maker, won an IPPY for Best Historical Fiction and a Benjamin Franklin Award.

Articles by Laura Morelli

Tue, 08/10/2021 - 10:01
2020 marked the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Raffaello Sanzio, an Italian Renaissance artist whose influence on later generations can ha…
Mon, 06/21/2021 - 09:46
Since ancient times, residents of the Italian peninsula have pulled coral and seashells from the waters of the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic, using the…
Mon, 05/03/2021 - 16:30
For the residents of an ancient Etruscan settlement, any time the Romans came to town, it could only mean bad news. That’s because, starting in the fo…
Mon, 02/22/2021 - 12:16
The ancient Etruscan people occupied a swath of central Italy stretching roughly between Campania in the south, and the Po River in modern-day Lombard…
Tue, 12/15/2020 - 02:30
On December 25, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Christ as it’s described in the Gospels. Over the course of centuries, artists expe…
Tue, 10/27/2020 - 06:47
Chimera of Arezzo c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm (just over 4 feet) in length Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Firenze © Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeol…
Mon, 09/21/2020 - 13:08
Leonardo da Vinci, The Lady with the Ermine (presumed to be Cecilia Gallerani) 1489-90, oil on panel, Czartoryski Museum, Kraków, Poland 
 In 1482, Le…
Tue, 08/11/2020 - 04:40
Tarquinia lies about 100 km (60 miles) north of Rome and is an easy day trip by car, train, or bus. This classic Italian hill town sits perched near t…
Thu, 07/23/2020 - 05:42
Today, the town of Ravenna is one of Emilia-Romagna’s most important economic and industrial centers. Its thriving port serves the chemical, gas, and…
Mon, 06/08/2020 - 11:51
In the fall of 1504, 21-year-old Raffaello Sanzio mounted a mule and began winding his way down the mountainous pathsfrom Urbino. At first glance, lea…
Thu, 05/14/2020 - 05:45
If you’ve heard anything at all about the ancient Etruscans of central Italy, you probably know that they are considered “mysterious.” Countless books…
Thu, 03/26/2020 - 06:36
Recently I stood on a windswept hilltop overlooking Urbino, took a picture, and texted my husband. From five thousand miles away, he texted back: “Is…
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:38
Capodimonte is a distinctive style of porcelain that stands apart from all the other ceramic traditions of southern Italy. This delicate, ornate porce…
Thu, 01/16/2020 - 03:09
The artist Raffaello Sanzio—better known as Raphael—is one of the undisputed masters of the High Renaissance style in Italy. But when you realize that…
Tue, 12/10/2019 - 03:06
From the shop windows of Naples, hundreds of faces lure us with their expressions: proud, sad, joyful, lewd, angelic, humorous. Few artistic tradition…
Thu, 11/14/2019 - 04:20
Beyond Rome, the landscape of Lazio unfurls in a panorama of fertile fields dotted with cypresses and umbrella pines. Venturing north toward Tuscany,…
Tue, 09/10/2019 - 12:58
The brightly painted face of a medieval-knight-turned-marionette. A three-legged Medusa grimacing from the center of a ceramic plate. The wooden wheel…
Thu, 08/08/2019 - 02:53
Main photo credit: Squillace view to the sea (c) Jelly CC via Wikimedia Commons.jpg Around the toe of Italy’s boot lies a coastline marked with clear…
Wed, 07/10/2019 - 04:28
I once spent the month of August on Italy’s largest island and I can vouch for its scorching heat. There’s nothing like a cone overflowing with Sicili…
Tue, 06/11/2019 - 03:13
On the lid of a large terra-cotta sarcophagus dating from about 520 BCE, a husband and wife are shown reclining comfortably against a pair of stylized…