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20 November 2020

Mottarone, the colours of autumn foliage

Mottarone, the colours of autumn foliage

That is the magic of the autumn foliage that enchants those who stroll in woods and parks in October and November.

But what exactly is autumn foliage? It is a natural phenomenon indicating the change in the colour of the leaves of trees in autumn. Before falling, they turn from green to yellow, then orange, red and brown on account of chlorophyll, a precious substance that captures sunlight. During the autumn season, when the leaves grow old, the chlorophyll is returned to the roots, thereby decreasing its quantity in the leaves and giving rise to this splendid phenomenon through which nature dresses itself in heartwarming shades.

The Mottarone is one of the perfect destinations to enjoy this natural spectacle. Centuries-old woods of fir, pine, larch, beech and chestnut are coloured with practically endless tones, transforming an already enchanting panorama into picture postcard images.

Walking boots and a mind free to relax are all you need to enjoy this wonder. Indeed, we should never forget that, in addition to smartphones and cameras, for its views to be captured, the landscape should be admired above all with the heart. Only in this way can you gain a real benefit from the magic of foliage and nature, which gives us unique colours and panoramas every year.

And if you cannot climb the Mottarone, then you can travel with the pictures taken by the @parcodelmottarone community 😉

Enjoy the foliage everybody!

 

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Il numero di specie che appartengono al genere della skimmia è piuttosto dibattuto tra i botanici, ma a noi una cosa è chiara: dall’Himalaya e dal Giappone sono giunte fino all’Isola Madre.
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In autunno, le bacche verdi della skimmia diventano di un rosso acceso e restano sulla pianta fino alla primavera successiva. Sono così simili ai grani del pepe che il fiore viene anche chiamato “falso pepe”.
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Volete sapere come riconoscerle? Avvicinate il naso, se il profumo è gradevole all’olfatto, allora l’avrete trovata.
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C’è un’altra curiosità che la contraddistingue... Ve la sveliamo nelle stories.
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The number of species that belong to the genus of skimmia is rather debated among botanists, but one thing is clear to us: from the Himalayas and Japan they have reached Isola Madre.
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In the fall, skimmia's green berries turn bright red and stay on the plant until the following spring. They are so similar to peppercorns that the flower is also known as the "false pepper".
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Do you want to learn how to recognize them? Bring your nose closer: if the scent is pleasant to smell, then you have found it.
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There is another curiosity that distinguishes it... We’ll reveal it to you in our stories.

#terreborromeo #lagomaggiore #lakemaggiore #isolamadre #skimmia #nature #flowers
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Immerso in un blu profondo, un giovane uomo dall’identità sconosciuta ci catapulta nella pittura di Leonardo, che, nell’Ottocento, si credeva autore di questa tela, oggi conservata nella Galleria Berthier.
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La mano del pittore è invece quella del Boltraffio, che con sapienza è riuscito a mescolare il naturalismo espressivo tipico della pittura lombarda ai caratteri introspettivi e psicologi della pittura leonardesca.
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Il ritratto rappresenta una delle opere più importanti nel percorso artistico del Boltraffio. Nelle stories vi raccontiamo di più su questo quadro così importante.
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Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio
Ritratto maschile
1500-1502 circa
Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella
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Immersed in a deep blue, a young man with an unknown identity catapults us into the painting of Leonardo, who, in the nineteenth century, believed himself to be the author of this canvas, now preserved in the Galleria Berthier.
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The painter's hand is instead that of Boltraffio, who wisely managed to mix the expressive naturalism typical of Lombard painting with the introspective and psychological characters of Leonardo's painting.
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The portrait represents one of the most important works in Boltraffio's artistic career. In our stories we will tell you more about this very important picture.
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Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio
Male portrait
About 1500-1502
Galleria Berthier, Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella

#terreborromeo #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #isolabella #palazzoborromeo #galleriaberthier #artlovers #berthier130
Prendete un petalo di clerodendro e strofinatelo tra le mani, sarete sorpresi da un profumo intenso. 
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I giardinieri amano molto questa pianta, ma non solo per il suo profumo! 
Il clerodendro fiorisce da fine agosto fino all’autunno inoltrato fino a colorare anche gli inverni più duri.
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Sull’Isola Madre, si vedono già le infiorescenze a grappolo formate da tanti fiori stellati bianchi e rossi, cresciuti all’apice dei rami. 
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Quando le bacche saranno diventate blu-viola, avranno completato la fioritura invernale. Ormai manca pochissimo! 
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Take a clerodendron petal and rub it in your hands, you will be surprised by an intense perfume.
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Gardeners love this plant very much, but not just for its scent!
The clerodendron blooms from late august till autumn and adds color even to the harshest of winters.
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On Isola Madre, you can already see clusters of inflorescences formed by many white and red starry flowers, growing at the apex of the branches.
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By the time the berries have turned a blue-purple, they will have completed their winter flowering. It’s almost time!

#terreborromeo #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore  #isolamadre #clerodendro #clerodendron #nature #flowers
Se foste stati pittori nel Cinquecento, come avreste vissuto? E se foste state donne pittrici?
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Da poco tempo all’Isola Bella ha fatto ritorno il quadro della pittrice Fede Galizia, temporaneamente esposto al Castello del Buonconsiglio di Trento per una mostra interamente dedicata alle sue opere.
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Per una donna era molto difficile accedere alla carriera artistica al tempo, ma Fede Galizia ebbe grande successo, diventando molto apprezzata dall’elité milanese e praghese. Divenne famosa per le nature morte e per aver dipinto le pale d’Altare, attività molto rara per il mondo femminile.
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Scoprite nelle Storie nella storia, Elisabetta Sirani e Francesca Volò Smiller, detta Vicenzina, le altre due donne presenti a Palazzo Borromeo sull’Isola Bella. Buona lettura, nelle nostre stories!
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If you had been a painter in the sixteenth century, how would you have lived? What if you were a female painter?
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The painting by the artist Fede Galizia has recently returned to Isola Bella, temporarily on loan to the Castello del Buonconsiglio in Trento for an exhibition entirely dedicated to her works.
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It was very difficult for a woman to access an artistic career at the time, but Fede Galizia had great success, becoming very popular with the Milanese and Prague elite. She became famous for still lifes and for having painted altarpieces; a very rare activity for the female world.
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Find out in the Storie nella Storia through history, discover Elisabetta Sirani and Francesca Volò Smiller, known as Vicenzina; the other two women who were present at Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella. Enjoy the reading in our stories!

#terreborromeo #lagomaggiore #lakemaggiore #palazzoborromeo #galleriaberthier #isolabella #donnepittrici #womenpainters #art #artlovers