Speaker: Marina Belozerskaya, Art Historian and Author
Lecture: The Arts of Tuscany from the Etruscans to Ferragamo
About the Lecture: Tuscany is everyone’s dream: a land of picturesque landscapes, fabulous food, and extraordinary masterpieces of art of every kind. Focusing on a series of Tuscan centers, from the Etruscan capitals of Cerveteri and Tarquinia to the great medieval and Renaissance city-states of Lucca, Pisa, Siena, and Florence, Marina Belozerskaya embarks on a journey through the arts of this astonishing part of Italy from—Etruscan bronzes to Ferragamo shoes—examining how the arts of this fertile region have sprung from their native soil over the centuries, each era providing the foundation for the next.
About the Speaker: Marina Belozerskaya is a cultural historian whose interests range from antiquity to the present, from art to exotic animals, from documentary to fictional genres. Born in Moscow, she earned her B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by an M.A. and a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. She participated in archaeological excavations in Greece and Italy, and explored hands-on marble and gem carving, and tapestry weaving. She has taught at Harvard, Tufts, Boston University, and UCLA, and was a Mellon, Kress, Bunting, Radcliffe, and Bogliasco fellow. Her books include Rethinking the Renaissance: Burgundian Arts Across Europe, Luxury Arts of the Renaissance, The Arts of Tuscany: From the Etruscans to Ferragamo, The Medici Giraffe and Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power; To Wake the Dead: A Renaissance Merchant and the Birth of Archaeology; and Medusa’s Gaze: The Extraordinary Journey of the Tazza Farnese. She is currently working on two novels.
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