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Munich: An Art History Introduction with Francesca Sgrazzutti


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We will weave our way through this fascinating city using a predominant art history lens as we discuss various buildings and themes that relate to the colorful culture of Munich. This conversation starts from Marienplatz, the historic heart and place of the identity of the southern Germany city and capital of Bavaria: Munich. From here, The Cathedral with its Venetian-inspired domes, the votive column with the figure of Mary and the colorful Harlequin in the great carillon of the Town Hall bear witness to the direct cultural influences of Italian Renaissance, intertwining references to popular traditions.

Venturing down the downtown streets, we will visit St. Michael's Jesuit church. Inspired by the architecture of the Church of the Gesu in Rome, we'll use this example to discuss Munich's relationship between the Renaissance and Baroque. In the late Baroque period, the connection between the city and Italy was strongly consolidated, with the entry into politics of Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy: the first Italian to the Court of Bavaria, Prince Maximilian I's wife. A woman of culture and faith, she ordered the construction of one of the most well-known buildings in Munich: the church of St. Cajetan.

The church faces the imposing Odeonsplatz, a square desired by one of the most influential figures in the history of the city: King Ludwig I of Bavaria. This enlightened patron and passionate Neoclassicist was responsible for redefining the face of the historic center and founding two of the most important city institutions: La Alte and Neue Pinakothek. Today, these two buildings (now museums) house masterpieces from the 14th to the 20th centuries and hope to both educate and inspire the Bavarian people.

Our conversation ends in the Neue Pinakothek as we discuss a 19th-century work of art by Johann Friedrich Overbeck. We'll talk about the painting "Germania und ItaliaÌÒ: a Raphael-esque allegory that describes exquisitely the special partnership between the two friendly countries.

Led by an expert on Art History, Francesca Sgrazzutti, this interactive seminar will deal with art and culture. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased sense of the value of cultural exchange and sharing with Munich as the primary example.

Francesca is an Italian Designer, Illustrator, and Art Lover, born on the outskirts of Milan. Graduated in Italian Literature and Art History in Milan and Jyv�Êskyl�Ê, Finland, since 2011 lives and works in Munich, Germany.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.