“Leonardo, the Last Supper and Eataly” DINNER AND LECTURE
by Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D.
When Leonardo painted the Last Supper in 1495 on a wall of the refectory of a Dominican convent in Milan, Italy, little did he know the vital role that food would have in saving his fragile painting. Leonardo’s depiction of Jesus and twelve (soon to be eleven) of his closest followers sharing their last meal together was one of dozens of Last Supper paintings to adorn refectory -or “dining hall” – walls in Italy. Yet, Leonardo executed his painting with experimental techniques that had disastrous results.
After numerous restorations over the centuries, Eataly has graciously funded the installation of a new air-filtration system that will be functional by April 2019, in order to help preserve the masterpiece. This lecture will not only explore the evolution of the subject of the Last Supper in Italian art, but also the critical role that Eataly is playing in preserving its most famous representation by Leonardo Da Vinci.
What to Expect:
– Guests will each receive a welcome wine and an antipasto to enjoy during introductions
– A three-course meal will be prepared by La Scuola’s chef and served to guests during the lecture
– The menu will be inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthplace in the region of Tuscany, and the location of the Last Supper, the city of Milan in Lombardy
– Each course will be paired with wine chosen by an Eataly sommelier
– Take home menus, recipes, and wine tasting notes
TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE EATALY WEBSITE:
Dinner & Lecture with Rocky Ruggiero Ph.D.: Leonardo, the Last Supper and Italy – Boston – Classes and Events | Eataly
Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D. – FOUNDER AND 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 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.