Crisis and Culture in Florence: Art and Disaster with Sally Tucker

Crisis and Culture in Florence: Art and Disaster with Sally Tucker


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This seminar will explore various disastrous events that befell Florence on the eve of the Renaissance - the flood of 1333, the black plague of 1348, and conflicts with Milan and Ladislaus of Naples - and address the ways in which Florentine artists responded to these events. We will also explore the possibility, supported by various Renaissance scholars, that the cultural flowering of the fifteenth-century was a result of this difficult moment.

In the second half of the fourteenth-century, Florence went through a highly tumultuous period that impacted the city’s role in defining art, architecture, and culture in the following centuries. This trying moment began in the 1340s with a banking crisis and a devastating plague and ended with a military standoff between the Florentine Republic and the tyrannical Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the duke of Milan, in the early years of the 15th century. After considering the ways in which this half-century of war, plague, and social upheaval interrupted a long phase of prosperity enjoyed by the city towards the end of the Middle Ages, we will analyze its effects on Florentine art and literature and explore the ways in which disaster paved the way for the birth of the Renaissance and the beginnings of humanism.

Led by an expert on Florentine art history, Sally Tucker, this interactive seminar will reveal the darker side of Florentine history and investigate its impact on the arts. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the events that would define the development of Florentine art and eventually lead to the birth of the Italian Renaissance.

Sally Tucker lives and works in Florence, Italy as a guide and lecturer for several American study abroad programs. She is fascinated by Italian art, history, and culture and holds an M.A. in Italian Renaissance Art from Syracuse University. While all areas of Italian art history interest her, she is especially fascinated by sixteenth-century sculpture and its ties to the literature of the period.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Very interesting talk. Informative and entertaining
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Great History of Florence, Leading Up to and Including the Start of the Renaissance
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Based on 5 reviews
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S.
Very interesting talk. Informative and entertaining
J
J.G.
Great History of Florence, Leading Up to and Including the Start of the Renaissance
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K.S.
Comprehensive
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A.
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D.
Informative and lively presentation