Renaissance Vatican: St. Peter’s Basilica with Francesca Barberini

Renaissance Vatican: St. Peter’s Basilica with Francesca Barberini


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St Peter’s Basilica is an iconic example of Renaissance architecture and one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world. This incredible feat of engineering is built upon the burial site of St. Peter the Apostle (the first Bishop of Rome), the man who is regarded as the first Pope. Nestled in the heart of the Vatican city, its huge dome can be seen for miles and its story is known by many across the globe.

This conversation will discuss the origins of St. Peter’s Basilica and the first construction at the time of Emperor Constantine. We’ll learn about the different projects proposed for this (at the time) new and magnificent Renaissance basilica and the final accepted proposal by one of the greatest masters of all times: Michelangelo. We will also spend some time talking about the transformations that took place in the 17th century, such as the Protestant Reformation and Bernini’s artworks. We’ll look in detail at these masterpieces from the square to the Baldacchino and, of course, the main altar.

Participants will experience the sense of being inside the Basilica, immersing themselves in the beauty of the design and arts of this formidable structure. Led by Francesca Barberini, an art historian specialized in Renaissance and Baroque art, this interactive seminar will lead us into the heart of the Vatican and one of the holiest places in Rome.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Julia Hauldren (Winnetka, US)
Wonderful Lecture!

St. Peter's Basilica is huge and filled with so many incredible pieces of art and has so much history that it can be overwhelming. Francesca Barberini covered the topic so well - she demonstrated wonderful mastery of the history, art and architecture and shared the information in a very accessible and interesting way. This is an absolute must-do class for anyone interested in visiting St. Peter's or anyone who has been and would like to learn more and enjoy a virtual visit. I have been many times before, but still thoroughly enjoyed this Context Conversation and learned new and interesting things! I highly recommend this lecture and Francesca Barberini!

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Laura (Wichita, US)
Someone finally explained to me in great detail and with great clarity the physical, architectura...

I loved how she filled her oral information with great diagrams; especially the superimposition of the drawings showing the changes through the ages.

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John Goslin (Marietta, US)
Renaissance Vatican: St. Peter’s Basilica really well done by Francesca Barberini

Francesca's presentation was really well done --- detailed, informative, and organized. It was bent, more than I expected, toward history associated with Basilica's location, key players in getting to what we have today, and what was previously on this site. However, this historical focus was really important to understanding and appreciating St. Peter's. I also particularly enjoyed how Francesca looked at small details in magnificent art work in Basilica.

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Anonymous (Brooklyn, US)
Brilliant presentation

Francesca Barberini provided a lively and insightful view of the development of St. Peter's Basilica and the artists and patrons who influenced the resulting complex we enjoy today

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Anonymous (The Bronx, US)

Francesca Barberini provided us with her brilliant expertise and her lecture was fascinating

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Julia Hauldren (Winnetka, US)
Wonderful Lecture!

St. Peter's Basilica is huge and filled with so many incredible pieces of art and has so much history that it can be overwhelming. Francesca Barberini covered the topic so well - she demonstrated wonderful mastery of the history, art and architecture and shared the information in a very accessible and interesting way. This is an absolute must-do class for anyone interested in visiting St. Peter's or anyone who has been and would like to learn more and enjoy a virtual visit. I have been many times before, but still thoroughly enjoyed this Context Conversation and learned new and interesting things! I highly recommend this lecture and Francesca Barberini!

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Laura (Wichita, US)
Someone finally explained to me in great detail and with great clarity the physical, architectura...

I loved how she filled her oral information with great diagrams; especially the superimposition of the drawings showing the changes through the ages.

J
John Goslin (Marietta, US)
Renaissance Vatican: St. Peter’s Basilica really well done by Francesca Barberini

Francesca's presentation was really well done --- detailed, informative, and organized. It was bent, more than I expected, toward history associated with Basilica's location, key players in getting to what we have today, and what was previously on this site. However, this historical focus was really important to understanding and appreciating St. Peter's. I also particularly enjoyed how Francesca looked at small details in magnificent art work in Basilica.

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Anonymous (Brooklyn, US)
Brilliant presentation

Francesca Barberini provided a lively and insightful view of the development of St. Peter's Basilica and the artists and patrons who influenced the resulting complex we enjoy today

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Anonymous (The Bronx, US)

Francesca Barberini provided us with her brilliant expertise and her lecture was fascinating