Volume 2: Treasures of the Uffizi Gallery In-Depth with Alessandra Becucci - Context Travel

Volume 2: Treasures of the Uffizi Gallery In-Depth with Alessandra Becucci


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Join Alessandra, a Florentine art historian, on an in-depth walk in the Uffizi Gallery as she discusses one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. Primavera and the Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery are but two of the incredible masterpieces created by Sandro Botticelli in the second half of the 1400s. These two artworks will be the focus of today's conversation.

Sandro Botticelli’s career was shaped by his encounters with the Medici family and influenced by the cultural interests of Lorenzo the Medici and of the members of the Neoplatonic academy. Looking at the constantly-evolving political situation following the death of Lorenzo the Magnificent in Florence, the rise of social divisions and the growing influence of a Dominican preacher, Gerolamo Savonarola, we will consider the influence of these events on the Florentine art scene of the 1490s and we will look into the impact of the bonfires of the vanities on the work of Sandro Botticelli and other artists of his generation.

Join art historian, Alessandra Becucci in this interactive seminar about the art, the politics, and the culture of Florence at the closing of the 15th century, to gain a clearer understanding of how the historical context influenced the artist’s life and work. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, this should set any curious traveler in good stead for an eventual visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

This conversation is the second in a two-part series. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order. 
Volume 1: Treasures of The Uffizi Galleries in Florence with Alessandra Becucci
Volume 2: Treasures of the Uffizi Gallery In-Depth with Alessandra Becucci

Born and raised in Florence, Alessandra has a degree in art history from the University of Florence with a specialization in seventeenth-century painting. She obtained an MRes from the European University Institute in Florence, where she defended her Ph.D in history, focusing on the patronage of Tuscan nobility in Europe during the seventeenth century. She has been teaching art history and Italian for several years in various schools and institutions in Florence.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.