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FOUR ITALIAN GEMS: ASSISI + PADUA + SIENA + SAN GIMIGNANO @ SMITHSONIAN

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FOUR ITALIAN GEMS
ASSISI + PADUA + SIENA + SAN GIMIGNANO
SEMINAR @ SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES
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FOUR ITALIAN GEMS:
ASSISI + PADUA + SIENA + SAN GIMIGNANO

THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014 @ 9:30 AM

SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES - S. DILLON RIPLEY CENTER

1100 Jefferson Drive, SW | Washington, DC 20036

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An insider knows that the best of Italy can be found in the small cities, hill towns, and villages where elements that we think of as quintessentially Italian abound: rich history, magnificent art, and fascinating architecture. Join art historian Elaine Ruffolo, a lecturer for Syracuse University in Florence, in an exploration of four such must-see destinations: Assisi, Padua, Siena, and San Gimigano. They’re all places that are, as the Italians would say, magnificenza !

9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Assisi, Medieval Hill Town

The legacy of Saint Francis; the cathedral of San Rufino; the fortress of Rocca Maggiore; Piazza del Popolo; the Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi and frescoes by Giotto and his followers Simoni Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti.

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Padua and the Dawn of the Renaissance

The rise of the Italian city-state; Giotto's Arena Chapel; the Baptistery; the University of Padua, the second oldest in Europe; the first anatomical theater; Donatello's high altar and equestrian monument to Gattamalata at the Basilica di Sant'Antonio.

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Lunch
(participants provide their own lunch).

1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Siena: A Gothic Dream

Siena’s cathedral and its Piccolomini Library; the Palazzo Pubblico and Piazza del Campo; the annual Palio horse race, a Sienese tradition; artists Duccio, Simoni Martini, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzzetti, and the Pisani.

2:45 to 3:45 p.m. San Gimignano and the 14th Century

The Town of Five Towers; the Piazza della Cisterna; the Church of the Collegiata and its fresco cycles by Barna da Siena and Taddeo di Bartolo.