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This session was everything loved about Context - it provided the historical and cultural background that drove the creation of the works of art discussed and explored the insights that made the significance and importance of these murals truly apparent. Dr Stasiowski is indefatigable in her enthusiasm and knows how to explain complex concepts with clarity. This session really provided the context needed to best appreciate the artwork. The slides were great as well.
Kristin's discussion was clear, detailed and informative, learned, and interesting. She's an excellent expositor who leaves you searching for another of her presentations.
Dr.Stasioski leads a thoughtful and passionate inquiry into Siena’s quest for civic virtue that resonates today. This is one of the best Context seminars I have enjoyed
Though I have been to Siena, I had not heard of Lorenzetti's frescoes. I am so happy that I took this seminar and became familiar with them. Ms Stasiowski's love for Siena and the frescoes shone throughout the presentation. Her analysis and reference to literary sources brought the works to life. It definitely made me hope for a return trip. My one caveat, Ms Stasiowski, by her own admission, speaks quite quickly. You'll need to be on your toes to catch everything.
Kristin offers a detailed, beautiful, and compelling close reading of one of the most important fresco cycles in Italy. When I had the privilege of standing in the room surrounded with these frescoes, it was challenging to notice and make sense of the myriad cultural references. Immediately after the seminar I returned to my personal photos with renewed understanding and curiosity. Next I need to return to Siena for another week or so.