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Architecture of the Italian Renaissance | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

The "rebirth" of the arts during the Renaissance period gave rise to sumptuous commissions by prosperous families such as the Medici family, emphasizing the importance of patronage in the arts. Archeological excavations of ancient Greece and Rome, financed by the wealthy merchants, greatly influenced the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. As Italy became the cultural center of Europe, its wealthy families supported fine and decorative arts in the creation of opulent interiors. Through lecture and slide illustration, we will explore the splendid art, magnificent architecture, and luxurious decorative arts that graced the homes of the Renaissance. The lives of these wealthy patrons of the arts will also be discussed within the social and political surroundings of the period.


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Thursdays, Dec. 1, 8 *1:00 – 2:30pm* (2 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Eleanor Schrader is an award-winning educator, lecturer and author on the history of architecture, interiors and decorative arts. She has been named a Distinguished Instructor of design history at UCLA Extension and is also Professor Emeritus of Art and Architectural History at Santa Monica College.