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Assisi: Where the Past and Present Live

Art-full Fridays

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Friday, April 1, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0683
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Rarely can the spirit of the Middle Ages be so potently felt as in the Umbrian hill town of Assisi. A holy city for Christians, Assisi, a World Heritage Site, is an eternal destination for pilgrims wanting to see the places where Saint Francis was born, where he worked, and where he died. Many of the most important examples of Umbria's incomparable patrimony of paintings and architecture are found here. The great frescoes portraying Francis’ life—attributed to Giotto—are often referred to as bellwethers of Renaissance art. They hang in the Basilica of St. Francis, an extraordinary example of an architectonic complex that has heavily influenced the development of art and architecture going forward. 

Join art historian Elaine Ruffolo for an exploration of this most extraordinary place.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.