Every year on March 8th, International Women's Day brings us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the incredible contributions of women in various fields of work and study. Despite facing numerous barriers and obstacles throughout history, women have made significant strides in the worlds of art, history, and science.
The scholars you're about to meet are just a few of the hundreds of trailblazing women who are making a difference in their respective fields here at Context.
Experts in the Spotlight this Month
Zooming in from different parts of the world and with diverse backgrounds, Context Experts all share a passion for their work and a dedication to sharing it with others.
Context Expert Since 2015
Dr. Alette Fleisher
Meet Dr. Alette Fleisher, she holds an MA in Art History from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and a Ph.D. in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Twente, Enschede. For both her thesis and her dissertation, she researched the intricate relationship between nature, art, and science.
During her studies, she traveled to many sculpture parks, ornamental gardens, and botanical gardens. Alette has also curated several exhibitions, including "Black is Beautiful," which explores the representation of Black people throughout Dutch art history.
Context Expert Since 2018
Kate Bolton-Porciatti is a professor of Italian cultural history and music at the Istituto Lorenzo de'Medici in Florence. She teaches BA and MA courses in the humanities and lectures at the British Institute, Florence, and the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena.
Kate is a published academic and journalist, with extensive experience as a music critic for BBC Music and a travel writer for The Daily Telegraph, UK. Before moving to Italy permanently in 2005, she was a senior producer and broadcaster for BBC Arts & Classical Music in London, winning prestigious Jerusalem and Sony Awards for her programs.
The Hills of Florence: Fiesole and Settignano with Kate Bolton-Porciatti$26.50
The Hills of Florence: Bellosguardo and Arcetri with Kate Bolton-Porciatti$26.50
Florence and Tuscany: Top 10 Highlights For Curious Travelers with Kate Bolton-Porciatti$26.50
Walking to Heaven: Italy's Via Matilda with Kate Bolton-Porciatti$26.50
The Music of Vermeer with Kate Bolton-Porciatti$26.50
Context Expert Since 2010
Dr. Livia Galante is an expert in ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture. Livia holds a degree in Archaeology from the Sapienza University of Rome and a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre.
But Livia's expertise isn't limited to ancient Rome; she's also well-versed in the art and architecture of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. As a native Roman, Livia has a deep love and knowledge of her hometown that she enthusiastically shares with her clients. Whether you're interested in exploring the ruins of Ancient Rome or the ornate churches of the Renaissance, Livia is the perfect guide to help you discover the city's rich cultural heritage.
Villa of the Quintilii: A Gem Along the Appian Way with Livia Galante$26.50
Rome's Pompeii: Ostia Antica Archaeological Site with Livia Galante$26.50
Hidden Gems of the National Roman Museum of Rome with Livia Galante$26.50
Centrale Montemartini Museum: Where Classical Art and Industrial Archaeology Meet with Livia Galante$26.50
Colosseum Underground: Ancient Rome’s Secrets Revealed with Livia Galante$26.50
Context Expert Since 2012
Danielle Oteri is an expert on Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance art. She's been leading tours and talks with Context since 2012 and was a lecturer at the Met Cloisters for fifteen years.
Danielle is the founder of Feast on History and Arthur Avenue Food Tours and has written about art, history, food, and travel for publications like Conde Nast Traveler, Gothamist, NPR, and Roads & Kingdoms. She's also the program director of the International Center of Medieval Art and a true Renaissance woman.
The Great Pompeii Project: Solving Archaeological Mysteries with Danielle Oteri$26.50
Art and Architecture of Southern Italy with Danielle Oteri$26.50
Matera, Italy: The City of Caves with Danielle Oteri$26.50
Ancient Roman House Hunters International: Luxury Villas of Southern Italy with Danielle Oteri$26.50
Exploring Paestum in Southern Italy: Ruins of Ancient Greece with Danielle Oteri$26.50
Context Expert Since 2010
Marie Dessaillen, the daughter of a sculptor, has been surrounded by art since birth. She's a native Parisienne with an undergraduate degree in history and art history, specializing in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
Marie also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne. She currently works for the French National Art History Institute on special cultural events and loves literature, ballet, theatre, opera, jazz clubs, and classical concerts. She has been leading tours with Context since 2010.
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Excellent presentation- I learned so much about Kyoto and its culture. Vibrant visuals enhanced the well-organized information, creating a cohesive flow to the learning experience.
Very entertains and informative.
Sabray is full of passion and knowledge in his presentation of the Stedelijk museum. I am amazed by the number of American artists that are included, and a number of artists that have little recognition but are good.
Loved this course!
I loved it, it got me super excited about the trip and I felt I was with someone I trusted. You can't get that from a book. He knew his stuff, yes but was also local so it was personal. AWESOME
It. was fabulous. He is an incredible instructor!!!
Dr. Wieda, This is for all 5 countries. Fascinating. So interesting. These places have so much history but it was a surprise and a delight to have you, after the historic discussion, introduce them as they are today. I highly recommend all 5 courses. Thank you Dr. Wieda!
This is the most interesting historical review that I have the opportunity to see. The thought that this city lies within other interesting Historical areas is absolutely fascinating. We will be in the area in September of this year and expect to visit Mantua.
This story is a celebration of a family’s determination and success in creating better lives for an entire peasant community in Tuscany and protecting them during WWII. It is also a story of renewing barren land and creating great beauty. My thanks to Kate Bolton-Borciatti for bringing us this!
Kate did a great job of giving context to an unusual pace and story in a part of Tuscany not as well known as perhaps it should be!
All of Dr Wieda's context conversations are outstanding. Combining history with current cultural events makes everything so alive and relevant. Can't recommend enough.
This was such a beautiful presentation of a really remarkable story. I'd never heard of Iris Origo before but now I must read her books and see the Villa La Foce. I like the little videos that Kate Bolton-Porciatti has made - you feel almost like you're there.
Kate’s presentations are always excellent. La Foce was exceptional. I’ve stayed there twice and loved revisiting it. Her videos and interviews with Iris Origo’s granddaughter were wonderful.
The presentation was excellent. We have been to LaFoce several times and read several of Iris Origo's books. With that background we still learned more from this excellent presentation
Meet More of our Art History Experts
Our team of Museum Curators, College Professors, and Licensed Guides lead new seminars daily.
Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik
Curator, Art Historian | Based in Netherlands
Learn about art history's leading masterminds during a series of conversations spotlighting van Gogh, Cezanne and more.
Dr. Susan Steer
Art Historian | Based in Venice
Expert in Venetian Art and so much more, Dr. Steer dazzles her spectators with in-depth knowledge, engaging storytelling, and passion for her subject matter.
Dr. Jennie Hirsh
Professor, Art Historian | Based in United States
Travel through the intersection of architecture and art. Discover the refined art of glass making and more in our upcoming conversations.
Culinary Arts & Cocktail Experts
Enjoy learning new recipies, mastering old classics, and diving into the history of your favorite cocktails!
Author, Public Speaker | Based in United States
Go on a culinary journey around the world with food historian and James Beard-nominated author Francine Segan.
Professor at New York University | Based in United States
Diana provides insight into how American History affected and updated some very classic cocktails.
Italian Sommelier & Licensed Guide | Based in Italy
Cecilia has worked in the most famous enoteca of Venice. With her lectures, the wine world becomes less intimidating.
Get to Know More of our History & Archaeology Experts
Licensed Archaoelogists, Blue Badge Guides, and Professors leading daily online seminars
Asya Pereltsvaig, Ph.D.
Author, Professor | Based in United States
Study lingustics and the history of languages around the world.
Professor, Licensed Guide | Based in Greece
Wwatch cultures long gone come alive once more with Dimitra. She has appeared as a specialized Minoan archaeologist in two documentaries on Travel Channel and History Channel.
Nina Wieda, PhD
Professor of Caucaus Cultures | Based in the United States
Learn about oft-overlooked destinations in Central Europe, accompanied by an expert who was born in the Caucasus.