Introducing the art and monuments of the exquisite Renaissance city of Mantua. Art historian Susan Steer explores the treasures of this magnificent city.
This exquisite Renaissance city is north Italy’s best-kept secret. Often overlooked by international visitors, tiny Mantua or Mantova is packed with treasures – the city boasts a vast ducal palace and castle complex, with grand staterooms and intimate private apartments, decorated with renowned frescoes by Andrea Mantegna, Pisanello, and other Renaissance artists; elsewhere we find architecture by the likes of Alberti, and a suburban pleasure-palace designed and decorated with sensational frescoes by Giulio Romano as a love-nest for lusty Duke Federico Gonzaga II.
Led by an expert on Italian Medieval and Renaissance art, Dr. Susan Steer, this interactive seminar introduces the city of Mantua, concentrating on its greatest glories, the art and monuments of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when the city reached its zenith under the reign of the Gonzaga dukes. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will not only increase their knowledge of Renaissance Italy, they will be sure to want to add Mantua to their itinerary on their next trip to Italy.
This conversation is part of a series with Dr. Susan Steer. Sessions can also be joined independently and in order.
Susan Steer PhD is an art historian specializing in Medieval and Renaissance Venice. Susan has an extensive teaching background, lecturing on Italian art for universities in the UK and in Italy. She has also worked as a paintings researcher at museums in the UK, and has published on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art in leading specialist journals. She has lived in Venice for over 20 years.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.