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Membership Class for Adults

Saturday Evenings with Elinor Richter: Florence and Venice

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)  (Italian, 1697–1768) | Piazza San Marco, late 1720s | 1988.162

All four sessions of this class are sold out.

We are pleased to offer Members at the Sustaining ($600) level and above the opportunity to register for this special program.

Join us on select Saturday evenings to discover the Met's vast and varied collection of Italian Renaissance paintings on view. The city of Florence is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, but before long the new style was disseminated throughout the entire country and across Europe. In the sixteenth century, Venice became a rival center and a debate soon ensued as to the merits of both cultures. Florentine art is more analytical, with its concentration on reviving the Classical ideal of beauty and its emphasis on incorporating the ideas of Neoplatonism. This argument has crystallized over the centuries to a discussion between the advantages of disegno (design or drawing) versus colorito (color). The Florentines invented linear perspective, but the Venetians were first to employ the new medium of oil on canvas and exploited the depiction of the nude and the revival of Classical mythology. These issues, along with additional topics, will become the basis for discussions between two rival but complementary cultures.

Each evening begins in the Balcony Lounge, where we will gather before heading to the galleries. Later, share your thoughts with fellow Members at a wine and cheese reception which follows in one of the Museum's private dining spaces.

A frequent lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Elinor Richter earned her PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University. She has taught full-time at Hunter College since 2001, and is also currently on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1997, she was the first adjunct professor to receive the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at Hunter College. As a professor of Renaissance art, she has focused primarily on Italian art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Her concentration has been Italian sculpture—not only in Florence, the epicenter of the new Humanism, but also at other Tuscan centers such as Siena and Orvieto.

Saturdays, March 28–June 13, 2015, 5:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Members may register for any or all sessions; availability is limited for each session.

March 28
Early Florentine Art, from Giotto to Ghirlandaio

April 25
Later Florentine Art: Botticelli, Raphael, and Bronzino

May 30
Venetian and Northern Italian Art: Bellini, Mantegna, and Carpaccio

June 13
The Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and Lotto

Please note: All sessions include a wine and cheese reception in one of the Met's private dining spaces.

Above: Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (Italian, 1697–1768). Piazza San Marco (detail), late 1720s. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, Gift 1988 (1988.162)

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