Humanities West presents Dawn of the Italian Renaissance
Humanities West begins its two-day lecture series for the 2015-2016 season with a journey to the Dawn of the Italian Renaissance (1275-1400). Designed to entertain and educate, this unique lecture/performance program brings together distinguished scholars, along with acclaimed Bay Area musicians to celebrate the art, architecture, literature and music of the early Italian Renaissance.
The program takes place on Friday, October 23, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, and Saturday, October 24, from 10am to 4pm, at Marines’ Memorial Theatre, located at 609 Sutter Street in downtown San Francisco.
Learn about Duccio, Giotto, Simone Martini, and Giovanni Pisano as each entered new territory in painting and sculpture, paving the way for later artists such as Masaccio and Brunelleschi. Discover how Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio wrote their masterpieces in verse and prose, which Chaucer would later retrieve and re-imagine in the English language. Finally, revel in the music of the time with performances by local artists performing the music of the Trecento and Ars Nova.
Stanford professor Paula Findlen provides the opening lecture, with performances by early music specialists Shira Kammen (early strings and voice), Tim Rayborn (percussion, lute, and voice) and Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist (voice).
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