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  • Florence & Siena: A Tale of two cities
    4 May, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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During the thirteenth century, Florence and Siena were two of the wealthiest and most influential cities in the world. Much of their wealth was derived from the manufacturing and trade of wool textiles; but other industries, such as banking, were also born in Tuscany. The proximity of the cities not only eventually led to an intense economic and political rivalry, but an artistic one as well. Today, Florence & Siena are tow of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations for exactly these reasons and more.
This lecture shall examine how the fourteenth-century art and architecture of these two cities reflect not only an intense sense of nationalism, but also one of the greatest periods of artistic production in history, boasting artists such as Giotto, Duccio, Simone Martini, Arnolfo di Cambio and Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Learn how all of these artists completed to demonstrate the greatness of their respective cities. Listen as Professor Ruggiero recounts the history of these 2 renewed Italian cities, and take your taste buds on a journey to Tuscany with a demonstration and tasting of 3 dishes prepared by Eataly Chef of La Scuola.


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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 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.