Though I have been to Siena, I had not heard of Lorenzetti's frescoes. I am so happy that I took this seminar and became familiar with them. Ms Stasiowski's love for Siena and the frescoes shone throughout the presentation. Her analysis and reference to literary sources brought the works to life. It definitely made me hope for a return trip. My one caveat, Ms Stasiowski, by her own admission, speaks quite quickly. You'll need to be on your toes to catch everything.
Kristin offers a detailed, beautiful, and compelling close reading of one of the most important fresco cycles in Italy. When I had the privilege of standing in the room surrounded with these frescoes, it was challenging to notice and make sense of the myriad cultural references. Immediately after the seminar I returned to my personal photos with renewed understanding and curiosity. Next I need to return to Siena for another week or so.
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I loved the class. I had just read a book "A Month in Siena" with pics of Lorenzetti's frescoes, and there was your class!! How coincidental.
Wow! Thank you for such an in-depth discussion about these fascinating frescoes! I had no idea medieval Sienese government was so humanistic and community-focused. 3 cheers and 5 stars for Dr. Stasiowski's thorough, enthusiastic and accessible talk!!! Can't wait to attend more like this one!