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Art History with Marilyn: The Renaissance and The Baroque

After our previous year’s study of ancient and medieval art, we have finally arrived at a period of art well known to many, a favorite of sorts. We hope to enhance everyone’s previous knowledge of the Renaissance and Baroque periods with a brief introduction, starting with the works of Giotto and the Lorenzetti, in Assisi, Siena, and Padova.

Our course will mainly concentrate on the Renaissance in Italy, particularly in Tuscany and Venice, but we shall also explore the interactions of the art and commercial worlds of Italy with those of Flanders, Holland, and parts of Germany. Architecture and sculpture will be a part of the course, but mainly we shall explore and revisit the works of Piero della Francesca, Leonardo, Raffaello, Michelangelo, as well as the Gentileschi, Mantegna, Tintoretto and Tiziano. In the Baroque period we shall study the powerful and sometimes startling works of Caravaggio from Rome, Naples, Sicily and Malta. Finally, no course from this period could fail to offer an extensive look at the works of Gianlorenzo Bernini. His gifts to Rome, in particular, we’ve all seen many times – think only of St. Peter’s Square and the papal tombs and altar canopy within the basilica.

Even if you haven’t taken the previous courses, you are more than welcome to join us this fall. Handouts from previous semesters will be available so that you may have the background information and technical terms.


Marilyn Rossi is an experienced foreign-language educator (Italian, Latin, Greek), translator, art historian, and museum tour guide. She was awarded both a Fulbright Scholarship and a Rockefeller Fellowship to study Italian in Umbria, and received the Grinspoon Foundation Teacher Award for excellence in teaching. We are thrilled she has joined us at the Center and look forward to more Art History offerings!




Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org