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Italian Masters: Giotto to Caravaggio

Online / Art in Context

Wednesdays, February 2 – February 23, 12 – 2pm


Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi). The Musicians (detail), 1597. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 52.81. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

Registration opens December 9 at 10am; member presale begins December 7 at 10am. Join now.

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About the Class

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Explore outstanding painting and sculpture by Italian masters of the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. This course will focus on groundbreaking artists such as Donatello, Raphael, and Caravaggio, whose work changed the course of western European art history. Learn more about their distinctive characters, aesthetic aims, and artistic innovations, as well as the technical and material achievements of other ambitious artists, such as Titian and Cellini. The class will also look at the social and political contexts that contributed to the artists’ professional successes—and failures.


Julie L. Valiela

Valiela holds a PhD in the art and architecture of early modern Europe from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. She teaches art history at universities in the Philadelphia area and specializes in the painting and sculpture of Renaissance Italy, with a particular interest in issues of gender and patronage. Her curatorial work includes research and exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Frick Collection.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?