EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR BUNDLE
“Exclusive Webinars in February”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero and special guests Dr. Dennis Romano, Dr. John Paoletti, and Dr. Sally J. Cornelison
Dates & Times:
Thursday, February 1, 8, 15 & 29
2:00 – 3:00pm ET | 11:00am – 12:00pm PT |
7:00 – 8:00pm London
EXCLUSIVE WEBINARS | “Exclusive Webinars in February”
Each webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.
EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “The Doges Who Shaped Venice”
Presented by Dr. Dennis Romano
The position of the doge in the governance of Venice was always paradoxical. As a princely figure at the head of a republican regime, the doge offered both benefits and dangers – benefits as a unifying symbol of state; dangers that he would subvert the regime and transform Venice into a monarchy. This webinar examines three doges who profoundly shaped Venice and its history. The first, Giustinian Partecipazio, ruled in the early ninth century. He accepted the (stolen) body of Saint Mark and endowed the church that was built to hold Mark’s relics. In so doing, Partecipazio linked the dogeship with the saint and made San Marco into Venice’s state church and epicenter of the city. Enrico Dandolo is the doge who, as part of the Fourth Crusade from 1202-4, conquered the Byzantine empire and created Venice’s vast maritime empire, the source of Venice’s great riches. In the fifteenth century, Francesco Foscari turned from sea to land. During his reign, Venice became a powerful state on the Italian mainland. But Foscari paid a price – in 1457 he was forcibly deposed from the dogeship. His deposition reinforced the message that the doge would be the servant, not the master, of the state. Visual evidence of all three reigns still can be found in the San Marco/Ducal Palace complex.
EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “‘Learn My Language’: Dialogue between Viewer and Art in the Renaissance”
Presented by Dr. John Paoletti
Renaissance art is made to communicate ideas – social, political, religious, historical – to the viewer. Of course, that raises issues of who is talking to whom and how should that address be structured. That means that the intended viewer played (and still plays) a critical role in our appreciation of art from this period. This talk will explore the various forms of address (in both directions) that make the viewer an active participant in the individual narratives presented rather than a passive viewer of what we now call “art”, a term that simply meant “craft” (arte) for the period under discussion.
EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Tending to Hearth and Home: The Visual Culture of Housework in Renaissance Italy”
Presented by Dr. Sally J. Cornelison
Today, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, food processors, and other appliances simplify the ever-present need to clean house and put food on the table, among other chores. This lecture explores moralizing and instructional treatises, paintings, prints, and the study of urban contexts, all of which provide a fascinating record of how women and servants carried out common tasks such as doing laundry, cooking large and small meals, and producing textiles and needlework without the benefit of the modern conveniences we enjoy today.
EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “‘Every Painter Paints Himself’ – Automimesis in Italian Renaissance Art”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero
According to tradition, it was Cosimo “the Elder” de’ Medici who coined the expression “Ogni pittore dipinge sè.” (Every artist paints himself.) This practice has been labeled “automimesis,” literally meaning “self-imitation,” and refers to an artist who creates himself involuntarily in his artwork. While artists such as Filippo Lippi and Botticelli are often accused of repeating their own physiognomy in almost every face they painted, other illustrious artists such as Masaccio, Filippino Lippi, Luca Signorelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Pontormo, Caravaggio and Bernini candidly included their own self-portraits in their works. Dr. Rocky will explore the tradition of artists’ self-portraits in Italian Renaissance art.