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Pisa and Lucca: A Tale of Two Cities

Art-full Fridays with Elaine Ruffolo

Daytime Program on Zoom

Noon Lecture/Seminar

Friday, June 11, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0602
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Left to Right: The Leaning Tower of Pisa; The Cathedral of St Martin in Lucca

Pisa is most famous for its leaning tower, but 1,000 years ago chroniclers claimed it was "the city of marvels with 10,000 towers."  While an exaggeration, in the 11th century Pisa was a thriving city and a maritime power. Pisan merchants brought back many new ideas about art and architecture from all over the Mediterranean region.

By the 12th century, Lucca, also in in Tuscany, had emerged as one of the region’s trading centers, specializing in silk. Like Pisa, its wealth and importance were reflected in the city’s art and architecture.

Join Renaissance art historian Elaine Ruffolo for an incisive look at these cities and the transformative roles they played on the Mediterranean stage.

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.