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#62 The Medici Gardens of Tuscany: A Conversation with Ross King

Updated: Mar 31

Saturday, April 15th on Zoom

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

The Florentine Renaissance was characterized by a rediscovery of the buildings, statues, and texts of the Ancient Romans, as well as by a reconfiguration of visual space through such things as proportion and linear perspective. If they were crucial to architecture and painting, these developments likewise had a dramatic impact on the philosophy, design, and function of the garden in 15th-century Florence. Ross King will talk with us about the extraordinary Tuscan gardens of the Medici family, in which they merged a beautiful landscape with philosophy and art.

Ross King’s books include The Bookseller of Florence, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, The Judgment of Paris, Leonardo and The Last Supper, and Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies. He has also published two novels (Domino and Ex-Libris), a biography of Niccolò Machiavelli, and a collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s fables, jokes, and riddles. He is currently working on a “short” history of Italy. Among many other honors, Ross King serves on the Council of Academic Advisors for Friends of Florence, and lectures widely on a range of art subjects. He lives with his wife Melanie in Oxfordshire, England.


Minimum suggested donation: $20

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

Look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

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