EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR BUNDLE
“Thursdays in June”

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

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

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EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR BUNDLE | “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.

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.
  • VIDEO RECORDINGS of the webinars will be available for unlimited streaming at your convenience until July 1, 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.