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Padua: Saints, Sinners, and Giotto

Art-full Friday with Elaine Ruffolo

Daytime Program

Noon Lecture/Seminar

Friday, January 8, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0555
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Interior of the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
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Nicknamed La Dotta (The Learned), Padua is the intellectual center of the Veneto, once home to the great Roman historian Livy. Since 1221, it has been the site of one of Europe’s most celebrated universities, which has counted Petrarch, Dante, and Galileo among its students. Artists including Donatello, Mantegna, and Titian left their marks on this lively town. Padua attracts thousands of pilgrims each year as the resting place of Saint Anthony, and his seven-domed mosque of a basilica is the city’s most striking landmark.

But Padua’s prize is undoubtedly the Arena Chapel, also known as the Scrovegni Chapel, whose stunning frescoes were painted by the father of Renaissance art, Giotto. It is considered the most important and influential decorative monument of the Italian Renaissance, one that changed art forever. 

Join art historian Elaine Ruffolo, direct from her home in Tuscany, for a close look at the history, art, and culture of one of Italy’s most treasured cities.

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.