A Divine Marvel: The Mosaic Floor of the Siena Cathedral with Dr. Kristin Stasiowski - Context Travel

A Divine Marvel: The Mosaic Floor of the Siena Cathedral with Dr. Kristin Stasiowski


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The magnificent cathedral of Siena is a resplendent treasure of masterworks by artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini and includes monuments to artistic genius that span from the Middle Ages to the Baroque. One of the most splendid of these treasures is the 14th-16th century inlaid marble mosaic floor which is rarely available for visitors to see. This seminar invites participants to uncover and discover the rich and storied history of these intricate and symbolically relevant mosaics.

Led by an expert in Italian literature and culture, Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D., this interactive seminar will introduce participants to the history, ritual, and culture of Siena as it is expressed through a selection of the 56 individual panels that comprise the mosaic floors of her cathedral. We will explore and discuss the medieval foundations of the cathedral complex; the foundational and spiritual mythology of the city (including the importance of the Virgin Mother to the myth of Siena), and much more. Participants will develop a broad cultural awareness of the way that the identity of Siena is inherently tied to the scenes and stories represented in these mosaics and will learn to look beyond the artistic genius to the deeper and more illuminating meaning of Siena’s most precious treasure.

Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a nuanced understanding of and appreciation for the historical and artistic relevance of the mosaic floor of the Siena cathedral.

Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D. is the Assistant Dean of International Programs and Education Abroad for the College of Arts and Sciences and is also an Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Literature in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D from Yale University in Italian Language and Literature and has taught Italian language, literature, cinema, history and culture in both the United States and Florence, Italy prior to arriving at Kent State. Her current research is on Italian author Clemente Rebora.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 34 reviews
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S.M.
The beautiful Cathedral of Siena

This was a very interesting seminar about the Cathedral. It focused very heavily on philosophy to give a context of the floors of the Cathedral. It was a LOT of information but clearly Dr. Stasiowski knows her stuff. I learned a lot!

G
G.L.
Fascinating

Having been to the Siena Cathedral and viewed the "devine marvel" I was so happy to hear about it. I was especially grateful how the conversation was structured around a theme. The floor is so massive and intricate I feel like I have a better understanding of context as well as some of the individual mosaics. Wonderful talk.

E
E.R.B.
Excellent Presentation

Kristin Stasiowski is an amazing
teacher. She is enthusiastic profunde and knowledgeable . Her courses are also fun

A
A.
Fantastic!

Even better than I had hoped. Great presenter, well organized, excellent information. Absolutely worth every minute of it.

K
K.H.
No particular title, but Kristin is an absolutely fabulous lecturer!!! Having recently spent 2 we...

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Customer Reviews

Based on 34 reviews
79%
(27)
15%
(5)
3%
(1)
0%
(0)
3%
(1)
S
S.M.
The beautiful Cathedral of Siena

This was a very interesting seminar about the Cathedral. It focused very heavily on philosophy to give a context of the floors of the Cathedral. It was a LOT of information but clearly Dr. Stasiowski knows her stuff. I learned a lot!

G
G.L.
Fascinating

Having been to the Siena Cathedral and viewed the "devine marvel" I was so happy to hear about it. I was especially grateful how the conversation was structured around a theme. The floor is so massive and intricate I feel like I have a better understanding of context as well as some of the individual mosaics. Wonderful talk.

E
E.R.B.
Excellent Presentation

Kristin Stasiowski is an amazing
teacher. She is enthusiastic profunde and knowledgeable . Her courses are also fun

A
A.
Fantastic!

Even better than I had hoped. Great presenter, well organized, excellent information. Absolutely worth every minute of it.

K
K.H.
No particular title, but Kristin is an absolutely fabulous lecturer!!! Having recently spent 2 we...

See above