THE ICONOGRAPHY OF EASTER: VISIONS OF RENAISSANCE MASTERS
Much as Modern Film directors offer varying interpretations of similar themes, Renaissance visual artists personalised biblical narratives through their work. The account of the Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus is central to Christianity, and served as inspiration for masters including Giotto, Duccio, Piero della Francesca, da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Tintoretto.
Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, follows Christ’s journey of Holy Week-from the entrance into Jerusalem to the Last Supper to the events of his death and resurrection-as depicted in two centuries of art. The examination reveals how individual artists interpreted the story from the perspectives of their own styles and eras, ranging from the humanising focus of Giotto’s painting to the heroically sublime sculptures of Michelangelo. In the process, Ruggiero places some of the most iconic works of Western Art-including DaVinci’s The Last Supper
, Michelangelo’s Pietà
, and della Francesca’s Resurrection
-in the context of the history, culture, and values of the late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, discussing how visual representations of the Easter story reflected changing worldviews.
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Rocky Ruggiero – ART HISTORY PROFESSOR
Rocky Ruggiero is originally from Providence, RI. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross where he majored in Art History and Pre- Medicine. In 1995 he was awarded a Florence Fellowship by Syracuse University where he continued his art historical studies at a graduate level. He has lived in Florence for the past twenty years teaching for various American universities including Syracuse, Kent. St., Vanderbilt and Boston College. Ruggiero starred in various TV documentaries including the History Channel series “Engineering an Empire: Da Vinci’s World” episode as an expert witness, and “Museum Secrets: the Uffizi Gallery”, as well as a NatGeo/NOVA PBS program on the architecture of Brunelleschi “Great Cathedral Mystery”, etc..
Prof. Ruggiero specializes in Early Renaissance Architecture, although he has lectured on subjects ranging from ancient art and architecture through the Italian Baroque.