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|Event:||FS-04 Paintings and Politics: Pre and Early Italian Renaissance|
|Time:||1:00 to 3:00|
|Presenter:||Rhea Higgins, Professor Art History University of Hartford|
|In 14th and 15th century Italy, the rise of new civic powers, primarily in Sienna and Florence, challenged the traditional modes of religious art. Both subject matter and styles of painting began to change. An excellent example of this is the wall mural of Ambrogio Lorenzetti's "The Effects of Good and Bad Government" in the city hall of Sienna (the Palazzo Pubblico). These new art styles created the path directly into the Early and High Renaissance. We will study 14th century artists Duccio, Giotto and the Lorenzetti brothers and, for 15th century, Gentile da Fabriano, and Masaccio, ending with Botticelli's "Birth of Venus."|