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#83 Italian Humanism and the Renaissance of Art: A Conversation with David Fideler

Saturday, April 13th Live on Zoom

10am Los Angeles and Phoenix, 1pm NY & Toronto, 6pm London, 7pm Florence

Join scholar and historian David Fideler as he explores Italian humanism and the birth of the Renaissance.  Italian humanism was an attempt to recover and apply the lost knowledge of Greece and Rome in order to create a better society that would nurture the development of more excellent individuals. The culmination of this humanist project was the birth of the Italian Renaissance, which had a profound impact on both art and architecture. In this presentation, Dr. Fideler will look at the dramatic differences between Medieval and Renaissance art and explore the humanistic ideas that helped bring Renaissance art into being, including the great masterpieces of Renaissance art that we love today. Reflecting the spirit of humanism, the use of linear perspective became a defining aspect of Renaissance art; as well-known works such as those of Piero della Francesca, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Michelangelo’s David, and the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael all deeply embody the ideas and concerns of Renaissance humanism.


David Fideler, who holds a Ph.D in philosophy and the history of science and cosmology, has worked as an editor, college professor, educational consultant, and the director of a humanities center. He studied ancient Greek philosophy and Mediterranean religions at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author of Restoring the Soul of the World: Our Living Bond With Nature’s Intelligence (2014), editor of the Cosmopolis Project website, and editor of the humanities journal Alexandria: Cosmology, Philosophy, Myth, and Culture. He now writes and teaches about how classical and Renaissance ideas could enhance the world today.  David’s book Breakfast with Seneca, on the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca who deeply influenced the early Renaissance humanists, has been published in 16 languages. Dr. Fideler now lives in Perugia, Italy.

Minimum suggested donation: $20

This talk is free for Friends of Paola's Studiolo!

Look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Warmest regards,


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