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 Vision and Talent Unleashed: The Italian Renaissance

3 Thursdays: May 5 - 19: 9:30 - 11:30 am

A renaissance took place at different times in different places in Western Europe, both prior to and during the 14th through 16th centuries. In some regions, the emphasis was on literature. In others, it was on science, exploration, and philosophy. But the most well known renaissance — realizing its greatest achievements in art — happened in Italy.

The Italian Renaissance was one of the most exciting eras ever. In this course, we will explore its developments from 1300 to 1520 and examine the glittering excitement and deadly intrigues of a culture that produced many of the world’s greatest masterpieces in art. Such artists as Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, and Brunelleschi will be discussed — and we’ll see how they made it possible for the likes of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian to reach such extraordinary heights. We’ll encounter such fascinating personalities as the Medici, Pico della Mirandola, Savonarola, Pope Julius II, and Machiavelli on our journey, along with the literature, mysteries, myths, and scandals that characterized the period.

Cap off your experience by joining in an optional trip led by the Instructor to The Met to view the paintings being discussed.


About the Instructor: Jill Kiefer, Ph.D.

Jill Kiefer, PhD, is an art historian and teaching artist. She’s been designing, coordinating and leading programs and tours in Art History and Fine Arts for over thirty years—in university, institutional and community environments around the globe. Jill is the Founder and Director of What About Art? an enterprise devoted to bringing a knowledge and love of art to EVERYONE! A native New Yorker, Jill recently relocated back here from southern California. While there, she taught for Mount Saint Mary’s College, Pasadena City College, Glendale College and the Palos Verdes Art Center. Jill is the Director of Programs in the Arts for Warnborough College Ireland/U.K., where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.What Students Are Saying: "She was terrific! I was spellbound for two hours!" Myra L., Larchmont



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