~ Posted by Robert Butler, February 28th 2012
John Singer Sargent was the best-known American painter to work in Florence (where he was also born), but a new exhibition in Florence shows how many other talented American artists worked there: from Lilla Cabot Perry to Frank Duveneck. If you think you're unlikely to get to the Palazzo Strozzi before July 15th, you can still watch a slideshow of paintings from this exhibition. It's one of the extra features on the new iPad edition of our March/April issue.
This is the ninth edition of Intelligent Life to be available free from the App Store. The iPad edition has the same content as the 140-page print edition that's now on the newsstands, but the words and pictures have been redesigned for this format. Other extras that aren't in the magazine include the track "New York Times" from the new album by Simone Felice (a rare example of a drummer turning into a lead singer), who has a voice, our critic says, that "combines raw tenderness with reserves of power".
There's a clip showing the veteran photographer Bill Cunningham at work in the rainy streets of Manhattan, and a clip from "Trishna", Michael Winterbottom's new film, which has the luminous Freida Pinto from "Slumdog Millionaire" playing a rural innocent from Rajasthan encountering the bright lights of Mumbai. Fans of Evelyn Glennie will be intrigued to hear a piece performed by Colin Currie, the 35-year-old percussionist described here as Glennie's "charismatic successor".
If you have any questions about the iPad edition, please go to FAQs. If you have any comments on the iPad edition, do let us know. And thanks to John B T Parsons for his comment on the Intelligent Life page at the App Store: "The best app on the iPad by a million miles, and believe me I've got loads."
Robert Butler is online editor of Intelligent Life