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Siena: A Gothic Dream

Art-full Friday with Elaine Ruffolo

Daytime Program

Noon Lecture/Seminar

Friday, January 22, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0556
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Siena, Tuscany


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
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Draped on three hills, Siena is the most beautiful city in Tuscany, a flamboyant medieval ensemble of palaces and towers cast in warm brown brick. A soaring skyline is its hallmark, dominated by the Duomo of Siena with its fantastical Gothic exterior and the taut needle of the Torre di Mangia. The 13th-century Palazzo Publico is the very center of Siena, but just a few streets away olive groves and orchards grow. The contrast is part of the city’s charm: densely built-up urbanity linked to a fine long stretch of Tuscan farmland.

From her home in Tuscany, art historian Elaine Ruffolo examines how art went hand in hand with fierce civic pride to make Siena a world of its own.

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.