A woodcut illustration of Florence from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493
The streets and public spaces of Renaissance Florence served as vibrant arenas for social encounters, business transactions, political discourse, and everyday interactions. They were bursting with people swept up in the hustle and bustle of commerce, the intricacies of healthcare, the ever-evolving world of fashion, and the jubilant spirit of festivals that brought communities together.
Renaissance art historian Elaine Ruffolo leads a virtual stroll through the streets, piazzas, and medieval alleyways of the city, offering insights into public life, shopping, business and labor, and the celebrations that characterized this remarkable period. Discover how ordinary Florentines lived, from the organization of their society to the intimate details of their homes. Uncover the challenges they faced and the defining facets of their lives, such as marriage and the family, food, piety, and patronage.
Ruffolo draws connections between our lives today and those of Florentines living over 500 years ago, revealing fundamental similarities that may change your perceptions of how we view life during the Renaissance.
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.