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The Medici Villas: Tuscan Inspiration

Artful-Friday, Live from Italy with Elaine Ruffolo

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Friday, September 23, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0717
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Villa Medici Poggio in Caiano

Please Note: This program has a rescheduled date (originally Friday, September 2, 2022).

The Medici family dominated their corner of Europe—primarily Florence, Italy—from the 14th to the 18th century. As they promoted both the arts and sciences, the Medici helped to create a new style of architecture. It introduced the idea of villa life that introduced the novel idea of living in harmony with nature.

Used variously for pleasure and sports, scholarly pursuits, commercial enterprise, botanical experimentation, and, yes, amorous liaisons, villas both expressed and influenced contemporary ideas on politics, philosophy, art, and design.

Join art historian Elaine Ruffolo as she explores several of the Medici’s public interests and private passions—and the architects they employed to create the environments that supported them.

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.