Sacred and Profane Art In Padua (Online Course)

Padua, the picturesque and oldest city in Italy, has been the center of culture since antiquity and especially during the Renaissance. This mini course focuses on the artistic achievements of Renaissance Florentine artists such as Giotto and Donatello and Venetian painter Andrea Mantegna. In 1300, The Scrovegni family invited Giotto to paint their chapel with religious themes. In 1450, the Narni family commissioned Donatello to sculpt in bronze an equestrian monument, Gattamelata. While the Venetian painter Mantegna decorated the Overtari Chapel in 1450 (partially destroyed during WWII). Giotto and his school also decorated the walls of the Palazzo della Ragione (Medieval Town Hall) with stories about the Labor of the Months, the Zodiac Signs, and the Planets.

Note:  This course is open to current 2019/2020 Beacon Hill Seminars members only.  It will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon from May 5 through May 28.

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Group Leader: LIANA CHENEY
Venue: Online Class
Meets on: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 am to noon
Starting: 5/5/2020
Sessions: 8
Class Size:
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: Optional
Group Leader Biography:

Liana De Girolami Cheney received a Ph.D. in art history from Boston University. She is author and coauthor of many articles and books, including Botticelli’s Mythological Paintings (Washington, DC, 1993); Neoplatonic Aesthetics: Music, Literature and the Visual Art (London, 2004); and Giorgio Vasari’s Artistic and Emblematic Manifestations (London, 2011).