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  • Alpine Country Club | Cranston, RI
    4 November, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Cranston, RI

Event Details

Lecture: “Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel Ceiling” by Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D.
Followed by a Traditional Roman Dinner
This lecture will examine the artistic importance of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, as well as the human drama behind its creation. When Michelangelo signed the contract with Pope Julius II in 1508 to paint the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, little did he know the turmoil that awaited him. Never before had such a large-scale painting been attempted on a ceiling and by a sculptor no less! After 4 and 1⁄2 years of physical strain, personal conflict with the pope, and an endless demand for inspiration, Michelangelo covered nearly 9,000 sq. ft. of ceiling with some of the most beautiful and sublime figures in history.
*Event open to the Alpine Country Club members.
*Includes lecture, dinner with wine, taxes and gratuity.



Alpine Country Club, Cranston RI



rocky 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 1996 he was awarded a Florence Fellowship by Syracuse University where he continued his art historical studies at a graduate level in Florence, Italy, and later received his Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Exeter, UK. He lived in Florence for the past twenty years teaching for various American universities including Syracuse, Kent. State, Vanderbilt, Boston College, as well as Jay Pritzker Academy Summer Program in Florence.
In 2015, Ruggiero and his family moved to East Greenwich, RI and now divides his time between the US and Italy. In the US, Cultural Programs offer specialised lectures in art and architectural history, cultural events and educational seminars throughout the US.
Ruggiero starred in various TV documentaries concerning the Italian Renaissance 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 the recent NatGeo/NOVA PBS program on the architecture of Brunelleschi “Great Cathedral Mystery”.
Prof. Ruggiero specializes in Early Renaissance Architecture, although he has lectured on subjects ranging from ancient art and architecture through the Italian Baroque.
He also shares his knowledge and love of Florentine art as an academic advisory board member of the non- profit group “Friends of Florence” which has raised funds for the restoration of various works of art throughout the city.