Great Video Series – The Essential Guide to Italy – Lectures 15 & 16

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Saturday, Aug 27, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Lecture 15 – Orvieto, Siena, and San Gimignano

     About 60 miles from Rome is the town of Orvieto one of Italy’s great gems. The site has been called an island because the town is built on a large plateau of volcanic rock (also called tufa) that rises above the landscape, giving it a panoramic view over the countryside. Orvieto is a very old foundation. Its position was perfect for the Etruscans who first settled it and turned it into an urban center. In fact, many of the oldest buildings in Orvieto have Etruscan foundations, with cellars carved from the tufa, We will begin this lecture by visiting the cathedral and a few other sites in Orvieto; we’ll then continue on to Siena and San Gimignano.

Lecture 16 – Florence: Politics in Art and Architecture

    After the vast and complex city of Rome, Florence seems much more compact and manageable. In fact, almost all of the important sites here are within a comfortable walk from the historic center of the city. Florence has often been called the cradle of the Italian Renaissance – and with good reason. But it is also a medieval city and one with important Baroque additions. What this means is that we cannot appreciate the wonderful efflorescence of art and culture in Florence during the Renaissance without understanding the full history of the city and the context that created that art. We’ll learn about this history as we explore the Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi, and the Palazzo Vecchio.


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