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Learning art – meetings about art history – from Gothic to early Renaissance

Professor Vidali aims to provide ,with the aid of slides and with a simple and clear language, an overview of the great art history, with particular reference to the extraordinary events that have affected Italy. The meetings will focus on the most significant moments and authors that led Italy to be the land of art and culture. Too often Italians are unwitting observers of this “great beauty” due to the lack of importance that art plays in Italian education.
30 September – The sienese Gothic
An introduction to the artistic period that saw the birth of the sienese Gothic. In the first half of the fourteenth century a favorable political and economic situation leads Siena to become a major cultural and artistic centers of Italy. Duccio, Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti brothers develop in this context, a figurative language of absolute originality of precious taste and refined where the line prevails in the volumes.
14 October – International Gothic
This definition usually indicates that extreme phase of the Gothic period between the end of the fourteenth century and the first half of the fifteenth developed in several European centers and marked by an extreme value and ornamental taste found in particular in painting, in miniature and the applied arts.
28 October – Humanism: Alberti and Brunelleschi
In the early decades of the fifteenth century, says a new vision of the world and the arts, through the great lesson of the old, will lead to overcoming the “barbaric” medieval and art made of harmony and proportion is Humanism. Leon Battista Alberti, architect and theorist, and Filippo Brunelleschi, architect and sculptor, will be among the top performers of this new intellectual conception of the arts.
11 November – Donatello
The protagonist of the renewal of Italian sculpture in the first half of the fifteenth century, Donatello brings the statue to be a plastic organism free space. The elements of his language, in line with the renewal of Florentine art of the time, are naturalism and expressiveness, heroic sense of the human figure and space built on the rules of perspective.
25 November – Masaccio
Tommaso Cassai, better known as Masaccio, in his short career (he died in 1428 at age 27) will impact strongly in the events of Florentine painting with works by the powerful volume and rigorous system of perspective, but also by a lively narrative style and expressive elements that bring the Florentine painting on the path laid out a century before by Giotto.
16 December – The early Renaissance
In the last meeting of 2015 Professor Vidali will introduce us to the early Renaissance. Perhaps no century as the fifteenth and nowhere else as Florence saw the flowering of a multitude of shops where the arts were practiced and taught leading to the development of formal innovative and absolutely original languages. In Beato Angelico, Paolo Uccello, Pollaiolo, Verrocchio, Filippo Lippi the new knowledge of the rules of perspective and the aspiration to beauty of a discerning clientele led to the end of this fortunate season that would open the way for the great geniuses of the next generation.
When: from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Registration: 70 € – possibility to participate at the single presentation 15 €
Information and registration at 0272022488 or

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