Churches of Florence: The Baptistry of Saint John with Dr. Alessandra Becucci - Context Travel

Churches of Florence: The Baptistry of Saint John with Dr. Alessandra Becucci


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Visit the Baptistry, the oldest building in Florence, and hear about how the competition for the casting of its famous bronze gates sparked Renaissance artistic creativity.

The Baptistry of Saint John is the most iconic building in Florence, at the center of the religious and cultural life of the city since its mysterious foundation. The critical debate is ongoing about its chronology, possibly dating between the fourth and the eleventh century. While the Roman foundation of the Baptistry cannot be documented, Roman mosaics from a former Roman villa can be seen through the grates on its floor. Its role for the civic and religious life of Florence is accounted for by the innumerable mentions by authors like Dante and Boccaccio and by the many representations of the building in the visual arts, from the middle-ages through to modern times. The importance of the Baptistry as the building dedicated to the patron saint of Florence, Saint John the Baptist, is indeed signaled by the many incredible artworks that decorate it and by the ones originally made to be housed there. Join us to admire the mosaics of the Baptistry’s dome, Donatello’s tomb of the antipope, the silver altar of Saint John, Donatello’s Mary Magdalen, and Ghiberti’s famous Paradise Gate.

Led by Florentine art historian Alessandra Becucci, this conversation will bring you to the heart of Florence, to discover the church that Dante called “my beautiful Saint John”.

This conversation is part of a series on the churches of Florence with Alessandra Becucci. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Born and raised in Florence, Alessandra has a degree in art history from the University of Florence with a specialization in seventeenth-century painting. She obtained an MRes from the European University Institute in Florence, where she defended her Ph.D in history, focusing on the patronage of Tuscan nobility in Europe during the seventeenth century. She has been teaching art history and Italian for several years in various schools and institutions in Florence.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Churches of Florence - the Baptistry

This session was delightful. It is such an important building and Dr. Becucci is able to talk about the history, the art, the significance and the restoration all in 90 minutes. Amazing!! Such a lovely series!

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Better than seeing it in Real Life! How can that be? Here's how...

Five years ago I stood in front of those beautiful golden doors in Florence with my family. We gazed at the myriad of details and were amazed and impressed as any visitor would be. But with Dr. Becucci's skilled guidance she leads us to really zero in on the details of the artistry. She also brings the rich history of how the artisans were chosen, the techniques they used, and how the Baptistry changed over time. Her images are outstanding. We saw details in the mosaics that simply can't be seen by the human eye when standing inside the Baptistry. If I had to choose between seeing it in real life and this lecture, I choose this lecture! That said, there is nothing better than having them both!

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Churches of Florence - the Baptistry

This session was delightful. It is such an important building and Dr. Becucci is able to talk about the history, the art, the significance and the restoration all in 90 minutes. Amazing!! Such a lovely series!

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B.A.f.M.
Better than seeing it in Real Life! How can that be? Here's how...

Five years ago I stood in front of those beautiful golden doors in Florence with my family. We gazed at the myriad of details and were amazed and impressed as any visitor would be. But with Dr. Becucci's skilled guidance she leads us to really zero in on the details of the artistry. She also brings the rich history of how the artisans were chosen, the techniques they used, and how the Baptistry changed over time. Her images are outstanding. We saw details in the mosaics that simply can't be seen by the human eye when standing inside the Baptistry. If I had to choose between seeing it in real life and this lecture, I choose this lecture! That said, there is nothing better than having them both!

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