L'Italia dell'arte - Libro + CD by Giorgio Massei, Michele Magnatti
Paperback, 112 pages. Level B1-B2.
10 absolute masterpieces tell the story of Italian art, and, in parallel, of Italian language. The 10 proposed itineraries, moving from works by "top league" and revolutionary artists like Giotto, Michelangelo, Caravaggio or Boccioni, lead the reader through a chronological path of amazing beauty and artistic excellence, while revising and practicing, with targeted activities, grammatical structures and language at CEFR B1-B2 level. Each itinerary analyses a single masterpiece with the help of beautiful photos, related text and comprehension activities. The works are presented in their historical, social and cultural context, with a focus both on their intrinsic artistic value and on their wider significance for History of Art.
The accompanying audio CD contains graded-to-level descriptions of the artistic works, thus enabling the student to practise listening skills while learning art-related vocabulary. Lively dialogues between recurring characters offer samples of contemporary spoken Italian and are especially useful to revise grammar rules and communicative functions.