St. Peter's Basilica is huge and filled with so many incredible pieces of art and has so much history that it can be overwhelming. Francesca Barberini covered the topic so well - she demonstrated wonderful mastery of the history, art and architecture and shared the information in a very accessible and interesting way. This is an absolute must-do class for anyone interested in visiting St. Peter's or anyone who has been and would like to learn more and enjoy a virtual visit. I have been many times before, but still thoroughly enjoyed this Context Conversation and learned new and interesting things! I highly recommend this lecture and Francesca Barberini!
I loved how she filled her oral information with great diagrams; especially the superimposition of the drawings showing the changes through the ages.
Francesca's presentation was really well done --- detailed, informative, and organized. It was bent, more than I expected, toward history associated with Basilica's location, key players in getting to what we have today, and what was previously on this site. However, this historical focus was really important to understanding and appreciating St. Peter's. I also particularly enjoyed how Francesca looked at small details in magnificent art work in Basilica.
Francesca Barberini provided a lively and insightful view of the development of St. Peter's Basilica and the artists and patrons who influenced the resulting complex we enjoy today
Francesca Barberini provided us with her brilliant expertise and her lecture was fascinating