Virtual Art

History Encounters

In times of crisis people turn to the Arts not only to pass the time but to feed their souls. With that mind, I will be offering a series of Art History Encounters focusing on Italian Art. I know that coming together online raises my spirits and I hope it will do the same for you.

My art history online sessions are free, but your donations help keep my business afloat in this difficult time. You can donate using the Paypal button below or at Zelle using my email address - Elaine.ruffolo@gmail.com

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From Antiquity to the “Selfie,” Portraiture through the Ages - Sunday, June 7th at 8pm (CET)

Click here to join live presentation on June 7th:  Portraiture through the Ages

What profile picture do you have on your social media account? How do you want to be portrayed, regarded and remembered? Portraiture is a very old art form going back to ancient Egypt, where it flourished from about 5,000 years ago. Before the invention of photography, a painted, sculpted, or drawn portrait was the only way to record the appearance of someone. Portraits can represent individuals in many different ways. They can be literal representations of a person or they can represent a person symbolically. But portraits have always been more than just a record. They have been used to show the power, importance, virtue, beauty, wealth, taste, learning or other qualities of the sitter.  

Guest Speaker Series presents Pienza: Born of a Dream of Beauty - Tuesday, June 9th at 6pm (CET)

​Click here to join live presentation on June 9th: Pienza: Born of a Dream of Beauty

Please join art and architectural history professor, Jane Zaloga, as she talks about the small Tuscan town of Pienza, often considered the first ideally planned city of the Renaissance. It had been a small agricultural town, known as Corsignano, until its most famous son, Pope Pius II, decided it needed a reboot to properly reflect its status as birthplace of a pope. 

In this talk, we’ll look at the town’s idyllic location, crowning a gentle hill in the rolling Val d’Orcia, a landscape that was much beloved of the pope, and the exquisitely designed buildings, exploring what makes them beautiful and how their relationships with each other and with the people of this town makes this an “ideal city.” 

 

Art and the Black Death

Rome Through the Ages: From Julius Caesar to Julius II

Florence: From the Dawn of the Renaissance to the Medici Dukes

Leonardo and the Sense of Wonder

An Evening with ​Michelangelo

Notorious Caravaggio

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ELAINE RUFFOLO

art historian

elaine@elaineruffolo.com