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Chardin. The painter of silence After the Palazzo dei Diamanti, the exhibition will be shown at the Prado Museum in Madrid The Chardin. The painter of silence exhibition confirms the up-todateness of the project that Ferrara Arte have been promoting over the last eighteen years, with remarkable results.  The  exhibition pays tribute to a central character in one of the most fascinating periods of art history:
Taking on the Undertaking Giorgio Bassani's remarkable bibliography is published ten years after his death On the tenth anniversary of the death of one of the most important voices in twentieth-century literature it seems fitting and due to remember Giorgio Bassani with a portrayal and a recollection born out of the reading of the formidable volumes of the Bassani bibliography edited by Portia Prebys that saw light precisely on the occasion of the celebration.
Gerolamo Melchiorri The streets of Ferrara, almost a century later For almost one hundred years the attention shown by the public in the work of Gerolamo Melchiorri, describing the history of the streets in the centre of Ferrara, has provided a clear sign of an enormous interest in the culture of the city. The work, patiently drawn up over an extended period of time, marks one of the stages that the urban history of the city has lived through, starting from Rossetti's remarkable 'Addizione Erculea'.
Sant’Anna The history of the hospital and the financial support of the Foundation and Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara The magazine "Vere Novo..." published in Ferrara in May-June 1910 on the occasion of the visit by King Vittorio Emanuele III, mentions three events: the inauguration of the water-scooping plant in Codigoro, the new Palazzo della Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara and the laying of the foundation stone of the new hospital.
On the tables of the world The Estense Castle as shown in Wedgwood ceramics The use of ceramics dates back to the Neolithic age, the period that produced the first Kyushu (Japan) artefacts in the XI millennium B.C. The subsequent introduction of the potter's wheel enabled perfectly symmetrical work to be created. Glazing was first used during the II millennium A.C. in Mesopotamia, notably improving wear resistance and the appearance of the products. The manufacturing of porcelain began in the VIII century B.C. in China.

From GPS to GPI

Written by  Eugenio Bolognesi

Rice production in the Po Delta, from sowing with missiles onwardsThe cultivation of rice in Ferrarese area

Giancarlo Cavazzini is the reputed father of modern rice production in our territory and has held many important positions in the Province and elsewhere, including President of the National Rice Board in the second half of the 1970's. Giancarlo Eros, with his 10.000 hectares of paddy fields on his own land and Cavalier Ladini, who has made rice growing in the Polesine complementary to that of the Ferrara area, are also figures of reference on both local and national levels. Eros and Ladini have always been exemplary for their activism and innovative spirit, demonstrating peaks of genius with regard to improving agricultural techniques, bringing vivacity and purpose to the The cultivation of rice in Ferrarese areaworld of agriculture. Almost as a matter of natural selection, rice cultivation constantly produces extremely advanced and enterprising entrepreneurs. "Growing rice is not everyone's cup of tea", as Giuliano Guidi, another illustrious rice farmer from Ferrara, once said to an embarrassed young pesticide salesman who couldn't tell the difference between weeds and rice plants. Eros and Ladini were also the first to use laser technology in our provinces, gradually reducing the amount of water used during theThe cultivation of rice in Ferrarese area rice crop cycle and creating 10,000 hectares of paddy fields on the land between Ferrara and Rovigo. 10,000 hectares represents approximately 4% of Italian, and 2% of European, land used for rice production. There are almost three hundred cultivators in the Po Delta, an impressive number considering that Italy produces over 50% of the rice grown in the European Union. Those born as rice growers are often closely tied to the culture, but are also active members of small but dynamic "community", A youthful portrait of Giancarlo Cavazzini in Cortinathat culturally crosses continental boundaries. We could almost, without wanting to exaggerate, be talking about the pride of a caste! Even though summer had ended, it was a hot autumn afternoon in Iolanda di Savoia and threshing was in full process. Out of nowhere, a taxi carrying an impeccably dressed Japanese businessman appeared. The passenger said he was the owner of a rice farm in Japan and that he had come to this part of Italy because he wanted to see the Delta paddy fields for himself and to discuss local agricultural techniques with the farmers here. We drove around the countryside in that incongruous limousine with tinted windscreens, having an almost surreal conversation based on an The cultivation of rice in Ferrarese areaexchange of views between two strangers eager to establish contact. Rice growers really do "try everything" and they constantly demonstrate that improving, studying, experimenting and then exchanging know-how is the way they approach this way of life. Giancarlo Cavazzini once said to me "If I was told that in California they had found a way to successfully sow using missiles, I would be the first to try it here". Unknowingly, he had already seen the"Associazione dei risicoltori del Delta del Po" future. Today "Precision farming" makes use of satellite-transmitted information in order to guide agricultural machinery, thereby enormously improving sowing operations. Barely credible dreams have become everyday reality! Nevertheless, we must constantly keep an open mind towards that which is not strictly technical. We must also make sure that aggregation between farmers is both orderly and cooperative. Thanks to the visionary work of Cavazzini and Landini, who have trained a generation of skilled technicians, rice cultivation in the Po Delta has launched a strong inter-provincial group that cultivates the same varieties of rice and can knowingly market their product under the title of Protected Geographical Indication (IPG). The highly appreciated production rules that our farmers are encouraged to"IGP" follow, intended as a good technical manual and an assurance of quality for our rice consumers, do not 'make' an igp: it is the environment that enhances the Po Delta product and creates the conditions for the appreciation of our water cereal. The Association of Rice Growers, founded by Cavalier Ladini (of which the author is a member), having attained IPG recognition, is now working towards the establishment of a Consortium for brand protection and a producer's Association, that will combine forces to create an active dialogue with both small and large retailers. "IPG acceptance does not, in itself, guarantee commercial success": this may be true, but one of the topics on the agenda is not to be overwhelmed by a wave of enthusiastic commercial requests. Our Baldo, Arborio,Volano and Carnaroli rice varieties , were already popular long before the existence of the brand name. But today there is a new, not strictly speculative belief; a force that materializes in the good teamwork that is characteristic of an important design project.

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