What is the Italian Renaissance? The Confluence of History, Art, and Literature

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September 29, 2021 
Wednesday, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM ET (1.5 course hours)

The word “renaissance” means “rebirth” and thus the use of the term inevitably yields the question: rebirth of what? Against the backdrop of history and chronology—when does the Renaissance begin and when does it end? This course explores some of the key events that help push its layers of transformative thinking. Writers and artists whose work we will consider include Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pico della Mirandola, and Machiavelli; Duccio, Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Piero della Francesca, Verrocchio, Botticelli, Leonardo DaVinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Parmigianino, and Veronese—among others.  

About the Instructor

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Ori Z. Soltes teaches at Georgetown University across a range of disciplines, from art history and theology to philosophy and political history. He is the former Director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, and has curated more than 85 exhibitions on history, ethnography and modern and contemporary art at that museum and in other venues across the country and overseas. He is also the author of 300 books, articles, exhibition catalogues, and essays on a variety of topics; and the writer, producer and narrator of diverse video courses, including a 26-part series, Tradition and Transformation: A History of Jewish Art .

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Full-time JHU faculty/staff, their spouses or same-sex domestic partners, JHU retirees and their spouses or same-sex domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission. The tuition remission form is required. All tuition remission forms and details on eligibility can be found here and should be returned to odyssey@jhu.edu

After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates.  

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 Event Date
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Start Time: 6:30pm EDT


Virtual via Zoom
Baltimore, MD 21218


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