Rivalry in the Renaissance

Dr. Sara N. James

New Lecture

Class offered via Zoom

  • Tuesdays: Feb 16th - Mar 16th
  • 90 min each 10:30 am to noon. (5 classes)
  • TUITION: $ 150 for members/ $180 for non-members

As a pandemic diversion, let’s explore the exciting post-plague burst of creativity that began in Florence around 1400 with the rise of the Medici family, then move to Orvieto and Rome in the 1490s, and end with the death of Pope Julius II in 1513. We will explore not only rivalries but also collaborations and borrowings among artists and architects, including Brunelleschi and his Florence Cathedral dome, Ghiberti and the baptistery doors, Donatello, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Luca Signorelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and more! Perhaps our post-pandemic can involve travel study in Italy! Stay tuned.

The initial impetus for this unique burst of creative activity included economic prosperity, relative peace, and generous patrons operating within a republican government that encouraged competition for major commissions—and compete the artists did!