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Two lectures on the Italian art held in English by Art Historian Serena Spinelli.
No previous knowledge of art is required.

Nov 10 & Nov 17; 10am to NOON
Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 496 Huron St., Toronto

Please call Giuliana at 416 921-3802 x228 to register.
IIC Students $15 per lecture, general public $20.

Florence: The Art lover’s gaze.

Florence is the birthplace of a cultural and philosophical revolution which greatly impacted the Western world. A voyage through the art collections, churches and monuments of this city is a vehicle for the understanding of the burgeoning Renaissance in the first half of the 15th century. The concepts of “individuality”, civic pride and that marvelous transition from a late Gothic mentality to a full-bodied Humanism are expressed through perspective, line, poise. This is an art lecture which promises to be a guide for the enjoyment and comprehension of such Florentine masterpieces as The Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Or San Michele and many painted wonders from the Uffizi Gallery; the perfect preparation for a future on-site meeting with Donatello, Piero della Francesca, Masaccio, Alberti, Botticelli and many other noble souls who still walk the streets of the Tuscan capital.

Rome: An unconventional tour of “la grande bellezza”.

Imagine you have already seen the top tourist sites on your check-list, jousted the crowds for a peek at Michelangelo’s Pietà, obediently waited in the endless line to the Vatican Stanze, walked through the ruins of the Forum under the blazing sun, even dutifully strained your eyes and neck for a glance at the unfathomable perfection of the Pantheon’s oculus…now you can relax. This is an art lecture which dares you to visit the “other” museums of the Eternal city with nonchalance, cajoles you into following an insider’s perspective, to relish in the discovery of roads a little less travelled. A virtual tour which begins with the surreal beauty of Roman frescos in the collection of Palazzo Massimo, continues with dolphins and tortoises of bronze in the Jewish Ghetto, relives the lavish parties of a Roman courtesan beyond the Tiber, allows you to gaze at elephants of stone, jewels of paint, the horns of a church and the enticing trickery of Rome’s many masks.

Serena Spinelli
Born in Rome and educated in France, Ireland, Belgium, Canada and the UK. Bachelor of Arts with high honours in Art History from Carleton University, Ottawa. Master of Arts in the Renaissance from the University of East Anglia. Diploma from Sotheby’s Institute in London. Currently based in Northern Italy where she has profited from 16 years of valuable experience in the field of Art Education; spent actively guiding visitors of all ages and interests within top museums and international exhibitions, organizing and conducting workshops, lectures and devising programs for cultural associations. Her current freelance project “Art and the City” based in Milan focuses on cultural outings & events as well as lectures and musical performances in the History of Art. Topics as diverse as Renaissance, Modern European & American Art, Photography, Design, 19th cent Decorative Arts and the 4 elements are passionately presented with the aim to engage the viewer in the appreciation of Beauty and beyond.


Date: From Friday, November 10, 2017 To Friday, November 17, 2017

Time: From 10:00 am To 12:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 496 Huron St., Toronto