Masters of the Italian Renaissance

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Botticelli, Birth of Venus

The Italian Renaissance, beginning around 1300 and extending to the middle of the 16th century, was one of the most important and prolific periods in the history of art, an age that rediscovered the humanistic ideals of classical antiquity. Artists and thinkers moved away from the religiosity and scholasticism of the Middle Ages to make extraordinary advances in philosophy, literature, the arts, and scientific experimentation. The rebirth occurred across the spectrum of human endeavor, but certain works of visual art stand as iconic representations of the Renaissance. In our ten weeks together, we will consider especially the work of Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Bellini, Titian, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

Presented by

William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.


Class begins at 7:00PM, and is always preceded
by a fun gathering hour of wine, goodies, and dessert.

JUN 25 or 26 through AUG 27 or 28

Tuition: $345

To register online, click your desired ENROLL link above

or call 408-864-4060 (M – F, 10 – 6)

William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.

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The Institute’s summer 2018 programs are supported by a generous grant from The Valley Foundation.