ExpiredPalazzo Tornabuoni

  • Palazzo Tornabuoni
    30 May, 2018
    10:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Florence, Italy

Event Details

“The Chapels that defined the Renaissance, Scrovegni, Brancacci and Sistine” by Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D.
The paintings of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua by Giotto, of the Brancacci Chapel in Florence by Masolino and Masaccio, and on the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome by Michelangelo respectively represent three extraordinary milestones in the history of painting. Each of these decorative complexes presents a revolutionary artistic interpretation of Christian iconography. In the Scrovegni chapel, Giotto’s introduces a type of “visual vernacular” by humanizing the divine protagonists of biblical stories. The Brancacci chapel instead clearly demonstrates the evolution of Gothic to Renaissance painting styles. On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo would instead introduce his epic vision of the Old Testament as expressed through his radical interpretations of traditional subject matter and through his celebration of the male nude form.
– 4 Hours of Lecture
– Luncheon reservation made at Obicà
– Limited to 30 people
– Location: Palazzo Tornabuoni, Sala delle Muse



Palazzo Tornabuoni, Florence Italy



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.