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Mantua: Power, Patronage, and the Renaissance

Art-full Fridays with Elaine Ruffolo

Daytime Program on Zoom

Noon Lecture/Seminar

Friday, April 2, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0575
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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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(Photo: Massimo Telò)

Known for some of the finest architecture created during the Renaissance, Mantua was the envy of European courts for its ability to attract artists and builders to its city under the patronage of the Gonzaga dynasty. In 2016, it was designated as the Italian Capital of Culture and continues to delight visitors with its impressive artistic legacy.

Art historian Elaine Ruffolo explores the history of this city-state from the collapse of the Roman Empire through the Gonzaga family’s rule from 1328 to 1707. Under their largesse a medieval and Renaissance skyline grew with buildings that were bedecked with frescos and other art. Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Te are just a few of the architectural treasures found here. Monteverdi and Vivaldi brought opera to the area and painters such as Mantegna paid homage to the dynasty with their creative endeavors.

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.