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The Court of Milan: Mecca of the Renaissance World

Art-Full Fridays

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0630
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$20 - Member
$25 - Non-Member

Water fountains in front of Sforzesco Castle (Parsons Photography NL)

Ambitious, extravagant, progressive, and oftentimes sexually notorious, the Sforza family took over the ducal throne of Milan from the Visconti in 1450, ushering in a period of unprecedented peace and prosperity. Under Francesco Sforza, and later his son Ludovico il Moro, Milan became one of the centers of art and culture in the Renaissance. The Milanese court attracted poets, musicians, architects, mathematicians, and artists including Leonardo da Vinci who spent 16 years working under the patronage of Ludovico Sforza, duke of Milan.

Art historian Elaine Ruffolo reveals how Milan and its rulers exemplified the political, cultural, religious, and economic aspirations of Renaissance Italy.

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.

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.