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EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR BUNDLE
“Thursdays in May”

Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero and special guests Bill Wallace, Dr. Gary Radke, and Quentin Hardy

Dates & Times:
May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (8:00 – 9:00 am PT)

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EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR BUNDLE | “Thursdays in May”

  1. Thursday, May 6, 2021 | “Michelangelo, God’s Architect” with Bill Wallace | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (8:00 – 9:00 am PT)
  2. Thursday, May 13, 2021 | “Inside the Palio” with Dr. Rocky Ruggiero | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (8:00 – 9:00 am PT)
  3. Thursday, May 20, 2021 | “Splendid Tables: The Renaissance Art of Banqueting” with Dr. Gary Radke | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (8:00 – 9:00 am PT)
  4. Thursday, May 27, 2021 | “Tell Michelangelo It Was Only Business: Capitalism and Celebrity in the Renaissance” with Quentin Hardy | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (8:00 – 9:00 am PT)

Each webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Please note:

  • Your participation for all four exclusive webinars is confirmed once you have purchased your bundle. You will receive a reminder 24 hours before each event and the Zoom link to join each presentation circa 30 minutes before the start time.
  • Space is limited for these lectures; only the first 1,000 people to click the “BOOK NOW” link will be able to tune in.
  • VIDEO RECORDINGS of the webinars will be available for unlimited streaming at your convenience until June 3, 2021.

Webinar 1

EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Michelangelo, God’s Architect”
Presented by Bill Wallace
with Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

At age 71, Michelangelo Buonarroti, carver of the Pietà, David, Moses, and painter of the Sistine Chapel — was suddenly busier than ever. In 1546, Pope Paul III handed Michelangelo control of the beleaguered St. Peter’s project — a study in architectural mismanagement, plagued by flawed design and faulty engineering. Assessing the situation with his uncompromising eye and razor-sharp intellect, Michelangelo overcame the furious resistance of Church officials to persuade the Pope that it was time to start over. For the remaining 18 years of his life, Michelangelo devoted himself to constructing the largest building in the world, and the artist’s greatest masterpiece. This is the story of a person who never retired, yet gained strength and vitality by devoting himself to his most important creation.

William Wallace is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to being an extremely popular classroom teacher, he is an internationally recognized authority on the Renaissance painter, sculptor and architect, Michelangelo Buonarroti. He was one of a select group of scholars, curators, and conservators from around the world invited to confer with the Vatican about the conservation of Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel.

Professor Wallace has published extensively on Renaissance art: in addition to more than 90 articles and essays (including two short works of fiction), he is the author and editor of eight different books on Michelangelo, including the award winning, Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting and Architecture (1998), Discovering Michelangelo (2012), and a biography of the artist, Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times (2010/11), which is available in paperback. His most recent book, Michelangelo, God’s Architect (2019) focuses on the artist’s late life and his greatest creation: the building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Webinar 2

EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Inside the Palio”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Twice a year, on July 2 and August 16, the city of Siena transforms its main medieval square into an arena of unbridled fury. Ten bareback horses and their respective jockeys race three laps at breakneck speed around a dirt-covered piazza that is filled with fifty-thousand people! That is the Palio, and for the past seven centuries, winning it has been the most important objective of every Sienese citizen. Join Dr. Rocky for this exclusive webinar where he will unpack the history, traditions, and meaning of this great event and explain just how much needs to happen in order to obtain victory!

The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Webinar 3

EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Splendid Tables: The Renaissance Art of Banqueting”
Presented by Dr. Gary Radke
with Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Italians have always loved to eat—and show off what they’re eating—so join us in exploring how Renaissance Italians took dining to new heights. Even without tomatoes and cannellini beans (which were just being discovered in the Americas), Renaissance Italians set healthy tables that dazzled the eye as well as the stomach. Enjoy images from paintings, cookbooks, and surviving gold and silver table ornaments that demonstrate how splendid Renaissance tables could be.

Gary M. Radke is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Syracuse University, where he directed the Florence Graduate Program in Renaissance Art and was named Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. His publications on Italian medieval and Renaissance art range from a book on the thirteenth-century papal palace in Viterbo to essays on the patronage of nuns in Renaissance Venice. He curated major loan exhibitions throughout the United States on Italian Renaissance sculptors Lorenzo Ghiberti, Luca della Robbia, Andrea del Verrocchio, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci. His widely distributed college textbook on Italian Renaissance art, co-authored with John Paoletti, appeared in four editions and in Spanish and Chinese translations. Gary is past president of the Italian Art Society and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

In retirement Professor Radke and his wife Nancy have settled into an historic home in Savannah, Georgia, where Gary is now a trustee of the Historic Savannah Foundation and chair of its Architectural Review Committee. He continues to write scholarly articles and enjoys lecturing in Italy for various cultural groups.

The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Webinar 4

EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Tell Michelangelo It Was Only Business: Capitalism and Celebrity in the Renaissance”
Presented by Quentin Hardy
with Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

The Renaissance created innovations in finance, commerce, and the power of a personal brand. Ideas of Credit, Faith, and Fortune all took on double-edged meanings that are with us today – and explain why the face of an unknown man by Botticelli sold for $90 million this year.

Quentin Hardy is the Head of Editorial at Google Cloud. He has lectured on the History of Information Technology at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, and has written monographs on modern and late Medieval painting. For 30 years he worked for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Times, writing about technology, wine, and society.

The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.