Danielle’s 90 minute talk through 5 key sites in Southern Italy was superbly prepared and delivered - combining history, maps, older and current photos, detailed images and lively talk. Highly recommend. Clearly a very experienced presenter and art historian who adores southern Italy. I will sign up for anything she presents!
This is the second online session I've joined, which is led by Danielle Oteri. Danielle is incredibly knowledgeable about all things Italy and, in particular art, history, and architecture. Her passion for the subject matter rings through in the thoroughness of her presentations. The wonderful photos immediately transport you to the locations being discussed and the use of other visual aids walk the participant through the subject matter in an incredibly clear fashion. I've missed the ability to travel during COVID and while it's not the real deal, Danielle's classes bring us very close to the experience of being in these places.
Danielle Oteri is an expert on Medieval Italian Art and Architecture, and she is also an expert presenter with a great attention to quirky details! During this lecture she introduced sites that I had never heard of, and simultaneously drew me deeper into a few sites that I thought I was familiar with. Her references to contemporary literature, ancient mythology, a broad span of Southern Italian history, technology, and religion were sprinkled with travel recommendations in case we plan to see these sites ourselves. I really want to follow the monks during the referenced hiking trip now! It was also fun to interact with other attendees via "chat." Her presentation style, stories, and rich slides kept me alert and fascinated... and shocked when she began wrapping up the lecture. Was that really 90 minutes?! I hope to catch more of her lectures. And applaud her for presenting on the frequently overlooked yet brilliant world of Southern Italy.
Just as Danielle stated, these 4 sites are not visited as much as others but do merit a consideration! What a mix: a huge palace, a cathedral full of beautiful gold mosaics, an area with cave churches, and temples from antiquity. A nice description of each with a brief historical background was provided. The photos were amazing -- many of her own. Resources for further reading were including. I particularly loved this session as it brought back memories of visiting 2 of them (Caserta, Monreale).
Very interesting. She presented information about sites in southern Italy that were new to me.