EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR & LIVE STREAM TOUR BUNDLE
“June All-Inclusive Bundle”

Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero and special guests Maurizio Seracini, Dr. Meghan Callahan, and Jeremy Wasser

Dates & Times:
Exclusive Webinars:
June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24
11am – 12pm ET | 8 – 9am PT | 4 – 5pm London

Live Stream Tours:
June 4: 1 – 2pm ET | 10 – 11am PT | 6 – 7pm London
June 11: 11:30am – 12:30 pm ET | 8:30 – 9:30am PT |
4:30 – 5:30pm London
June 18: 12 – 1pm ET | 9 – 10am PT | 5 – 6pm London
June 25: 1 – 2pm ET | 10 – 11am PT | 6 – 7pm London

Special offer

Details

EXCLUSIVE WEBINARS | “Thursdays in June”

  1. Thursday, June 3, 2021 | “The Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci: The Rediscovery of a Masterpiece” with Maurizio Seracini | 11am – 12pm ET | 8 – 9am PT | 4 – 5pm London
  2. Thursday, June 10, 2021 | “Creating Opportunities: Women Artists in the Italian Renaissance & Baroque” with Dr. Meghan Callahan | 11am – 12pm ET | 8 – 9am PT | 4 – 5pm London
  3. Thursday, June 17, 2021 | “Deaths (and Diseases) of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects: A Medical Casebook Featuring Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Others” with Dr. Jeremy Wasser | 11am – 12pm ET | 8 – 9am PT | 4 – 5pm London
  4. Thursday, June 24, 2021 | “Celebrating St. John the Baptist and the Festa di San Giovanni” with Dr. Rocky Ruggiero | 11am – 12pm ET | 8 – 9am PT | 4 – 5pm London

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

LIVE STREAM TOURS | “Fridays in June LIVE from Italy”

  1. Friday, June 4, 2021 | Gelato Making in Florence’s Oldest Gelateria | 1 – 2pm ET | 10 – 11am PT | 6 – 7pm London
  2. Friday, June 11, 2021 | Celebrating Brunello 2016 in Siena, Italy | 11:30am – 12:30 pm ET | 8:30 – 9:30am PT |
    4:30 – 5:30pm London
  3. Friday, June 18, 2021 | Walking Tour from Piazza Navona to the Trevi Fountain in Rome | 12 – 1pm ET | 9 – 10am PT | 5 – 6pm London
  4. Friday, June 25, 2021 | Il Cuore del Chianti | 1 – 2pm ET | 10 – 11am PT | 6 – 7pm London

Each event will include a 45-minute live stream tour followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Please note:

  • Your participation for all four webinars and four live stream tours 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.
  • VIDEO RECORDINGS of the events will be available for unlimited streaming at your convenience until July 3, 2021.

Webinar 1

EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “The Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci: The Rediscovery of a Masterpiece”
Presented by Maurizio Seracini
with Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

The Adoration of the Magi in the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy, is a milestone among the few masterpieces left to us by Leonardo da Vinci. Yet not much is known about the painting. Furthermore, for over 500 years, it was believed that the brownish monochrome look of the Adoration was the work of Leonardo. That is, until Maurizio Seracini’s in-depth scientific analysis of 2001 proved beyond a doubt that this was not true.

This exclusive webinar will present a comprehensive account of the results of Seracini’s investigation, as well as the backlash of fierce opposition and accusations against these findings which lasted for two decades. In fact, during the recent restoration of the painting, several areas of the monochrome paint that were repeatedly asserted to be original were nevertheless removed! Additionally, various rarely seen images of the incredible underdrawing drafted by Leonardo – and made visible by an extremely accurate IR reflectography survey – will be presented.

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

Webinar 2

EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Creating Opportunities: Women Artists in the Italian Renaissance & Baroque”
Presented by Dr. Meghan Callahan
with Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

By the mid 1500s in Italy, although it was still unusual for a woman to become an artist, two women gained fame for their skill in portrait painting: Sofonsiba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana. Anguissola’s talent led her to work at the Spanish court of King Philip II in Madrid, while Fontana’s skill earned her multiple commissions from Bolognese noblewomen. Portraits were considered acceptable for women to paint, and Anguissola and Fontana reinforced that tradition while creating new opportunities for themselves as independent artists. In this talk, we’ll explore how Anguissola built an international reputation as a portrait painter over her long life (she died at 93) and examine Fontana’s fame as a portraitist and history painter.

Dr. Meghan Callahan has lived and worked in London since 2006. Like Rocky, she earned her Master’s degree in Art History from Syracuse University as a Florence Fellow. She has a Ph.D in Art History from Rutgers University. Meghan is the Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning at Syracuse University London, where she has taught art history and history classes on Italian Art in London and the UK; Women and Art: London and UK; and Underground London.

She worked on the reinstallation of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and then then with the sculpture dealer Patricia Wengraf. Meghan has published various articles and essays on the architectural patronage of the sixteenth century mystic nun Sister Domenica da Paradiso, miraculous paintings in Renaissance Florence, and Italian Renaissance and Baroque sculpture.

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

Webinar 3

EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Deaths (and Diseases) of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects: A Medical Casebook Featuring Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Others”
Presented by Dr. Jeremy Wasser
with Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

What do we really know about the diseases that afflicted Michelangelo or Leonardo? What was the actual cause of Caravaggio’s death? Did Raphael really die from too much sex? Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) in his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects gave us the first and not entirely accurate picture of how many of the great and not-so-great artists of the Italian Renaissance lived their lives—but only a bit about their deaths. What light can our modern understanding of medicine shed on these recondite topics? Join physiologist and medical historian, Dr. Jeremy Wasser, for a fascinating trip through the medical records of some of the artistic giants of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque, as he builds a bridge from the medical understanding of Vasari’s time to that of today.

Jeremy Wasser is an Associate Professor of Physiology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Wasser serves as the program leader for study abroad programs in Germany, focused on the history of medicine, providing future doctors and biomedical science researchers with a foundation in physiology and the medical humanities. Along with his scientific publications he has written and lectured on the culture of disease, the history of public health and health policy, the history of human experimentation, and the role of physiological education in contemplative practices. Additionally, his training in opera and theatre allow Dr. Wasser to create unique personas for lectures in the history of medicine and performances related to science and storytelling.

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

Webinar 4

EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Celebrating St. John the Baptist and the Festa di San Giovanni”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Join Dr. Rocky for this exclusive webinar dedicated to the patron saint of Florence on his very own feast day. Dr. Rocky will examine significant representations of the saint by Renaissance masters such as Duccio, Donatello, Ghiberti, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Caravaggio. He will also discuss the events that characterize the traditional celebration of the feast day in Florence. As the Florentines say – Buon San Giovanni!

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

Tour 1

LIVE STREAM TOUR | “Gelato Making in Florence’s Oldest Gelateria”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

What better way to kick off the summer than by learning the secrets of gelato making in this LIVE STREAM EVENT direct from Florence’s oldest gelateria – Perché No! Experience in REAL TIME the process that goes into producing one of the world’s most cherished desserts – Italian GELATO. Arm yourself with the knowledge to tell the difference between artisan and commercial gelato, so that you are ready to go back to Italy and enjoy it once again!

The event will include a 45-minute live virtual tour followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Tour 2

LIVE STREAM TOUR | “Celebrating Brunello 2016 in Siena, Italy”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

The 2016 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino wine is being heralded as one of the greatest in history. Learn more about the vintage in this LIVE STREAM EVENT direct from Osteria Le Logge in Siena, Italy, which is famous not only for its award winning cuisine, but also for its pluri-award-winning Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino 2016 label. We shall explore the historic wine cellar of the restaurant, which is located in an Etruscan cave, enjoy a virtual wine-tasting, and learn from their expert sommelier just what makes the vintage so extraordinary.

The event will include a 45-minute live stream tour followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Tour 3

LIVE STREAM TOUR | “Walking Tour from Piazza Navona to the Trevi Fountain in Rome”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

In this LIVE STREAM DIRECT FROM ROME, ITALY, we shall stroll the streets of the Eternal City. From the historic Piazza Navona with Bernini’s dazzling Four Rivers Fountain and Borromini’s revolutionary church of Sant’Agnese, to the majestic Pantheon, through the magical back streets of its neighborhood, and finishing off in dramatic fashion at the romantic and theatrical Trevi Fountain, we will walk through the Baroque heart of Rome. Together, we shall visit some of the city’s most iconic and famous squares and works of art in REAL TIME!

The event will include a 45-minute live stream tour followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

 

 

Tour 4

LIVE STREAM TOUR | “Il Cuore del Chianti”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Join us for this LIVE STREAM DIRECT FROM THE CENNATOIO WINERY IN PANZANO, ITALY. Stroll through the vineyards IN REAL TIME as we learn what goes into producing one of the world’s most celebrated red wines – Chianti. Winemaker Emiliano Alessi will lead us through his breathtakingly beautiful and innovative winery, which is at the cutting edge of organic wine production in Italy. Discover how one small wine producer has chosen nature over profit in the production of his extraordinary wines!

The event will include a 45-minute live virtual tour followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.