Italian Music and Art History: Sacred and Secular Spectacle in Renaissance Florence with Kate Bolton-Porciatti

Italian Music and Art History: Sacred and Secular Spectacle in Renaissance Florence with Kate Bolton-Porciatti


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A series of inter-disciplinary excursions led by cultural historian and musicologist Kate Bolton-Porciatti exploring the relationships between music, art, architecture, social and religious life in Italy’s most historic cultural centers. Our six seminars may be enjoyed individually or as a series.

Florentine artworks bear silent witness to the fact that the Renaissance city was frequently the stage for sacred music-dramas and multi-media spectacles.  The former was used to teach the Bible through staged re-enactments and street performances of biblical stories; the latter was used by the Medici grand dukes as political propaganda and they dazzled onlookers with their sets, costumes, and special effects bringing together all the ingenuity and creativity of Renaissance Florence.  

Together we virtually visit the churches, palazzi, and gardens where these extravaganzas were staged, and we explore their enduring legacy in set designs, costumes, murals, paintings and sculptures, and in the genres of opera, oratorio, and musical theatre.

Led by an expert on Italian culture and music, Kate Bolton-Porciatti, this Conversation will show how music took center stage in the theatre of Florentine artistry. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the development of music-drama as a 'total artwork'.

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Kate Bolton-Porciatti is a professor of Italian cultural history and music at the Istituto Lorenzo de'Medici in Florence, where she teaches BA and MA courses in the humanities. She also lectures at the British Institute, Florence, and at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena. Kate has published extensively as an academic and a journalist; she is 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 and has won prestigious Jerusalem and Sony Awards for her programs. She did her M.Phil. thesis in Italy, exploring the musical culture of early Renaissance Florence.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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G.L. (Jersey City, US)
Fascinating

I do believe Miss Kate (a respectful address to one who lives in the Southetn part of the United States) has quite outdone herself in this presentation. The graphics for information displayed were delightfully clever and the videos and music transported one to a forgotten but enchanting and beautiful time of celebration in Florence during the Medici era. A wonderful introduction to the marriage of art history and music and theater. Grazia milla !

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S.M. (New York, US)
Italian Music and Art: Sacred and Secular

A very fascinating seminar led by Prof. Bolton-Porciatti. As usual, so well researched and delivered. Added a great flavor to what I understood about Florence. Brava!

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R.L. (Islington, GB)
Italian Music and art in Renaissance Florence

A terrific start to this fascinating series of music and art history in various cities in Italy. Given that these art forms feed off one another, this is a perfect topic for further exploration. Definitely looking forward to the next episodes!

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k. (Chicago, US)

The spectacular music productions (also religious) were of great interest. Everything Kate teaches is extremely interesting. Thank you.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
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G.L. (Jersey City, US)
Fascinating

I do believe Miss Kate (a respectful address to one who lives in the Southetn part of the United States) has quite outdone herself in this presentation. The graphics for information displayed were delightfully clever and the videos and music transported one to a forgotten but enchanting and beautiful time of celebration in Florence during the Medici era. A wonderful introduction to the marriage of art history and music and theater. Grazia milla !

S
S.M. (New York, US)
Italian Music and Art: Sacred and Secular

A very fascinating seminar led by Prof. Bolton-Porciatti. As usual, so well researched and delivered. Added a great flavor to what I understood about Florence. Brava!

R
R.L. (Islington, GB)
Italian Music and art in Renaissance Florence

A terrific start to this fascinating series of music and art history in various cities in Italy. Given that these art forms feed off one another, this is a perfect topic for further exploration. Definitely looking forward to the next episodes!

k
k. (Chicago, US)

The spectacular music productions (also religious) were of great interest. Everything Kate teaches is extremely interesting. Thank you.