Caravaggio The Cursed Painter with Art Historian Rocky Ruggerio

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Art historian Dr. Rocky Ruggiero will speak about the intense and fascinating life and art of Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio.

About this Event

Caravaggio – The Cursed Painter

A Live Zoom Lecture with Art Historian Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D.

presented by the Providence Art Club

Thursday, July 30 at 6pm

Admission: $10 PAC Members, $20 Non-Members

Known as the pittore maledetto – or the “cursed painter”, Caravaggio not only revolutionized painting at the turn of the 17th century with his “hyper-realistic style, he literally turned Rome on its head with his often-criminal behavior. Spending much of his time in brothels and taverns, Caravaggio’s love of the vulgar and violence because his primary artistic inspiration. His paintings would frequently reflect his sociopathic lifestyle and he would frequently depict Christian subjects in completely inappropriate ways. In this webinar presentation, we shall follow in the footsteps of the “cursed” artist, as he was known, in order to recount his extraordinary biography and to explore the sublime art of his paintings.

About Rocky Ruggiero Rocky Ruggiero has been a professor of Art and Architectural History since 1999. He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University, where he was awarded a prestigious Florence Fellowship in 1996. He furthered his art historical studies at the University of Exeter, UK, where he received a Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Culture. In addition to lecturing for various American universities in Florence, Italy, including Syracuse, Kent State, Vanderbilt, and Boston College, Rocky has starred in various TV documentaries concerning the Italian Renaissance. He recently appeared as an expert witness for NBC News, as well as in the History Channel’s “Engineering an Empire: Da Vinci’s World” and “Museum Secrets: the Uffizi Gallery”, and the recent NatGeo/NOVA PBS program on Brunelleschi’s dome entitled “Great Cathedral Mystery.”

After living in Florence, Italy for 20 years, Rocky and his family moved to East Greenwich, RI, and he now divides his time between the US and Italy.

In the US, he offers specialized lectures as a paid speaker on art and architectural history, educational seminars on subjects ranging from Ancient Art and Architecture through the Italian Baroque, and cultural events throughout the country.

In Italy, Rocky offers private excursions and adult programs in Florence, Rome, Venice, Siena and Northern Italy.

Rocky also shares his knowledge and love of Italian art as an academic advisory board member of the non-profit group Friends of Florence and as a frequent collaborator and lecturer for the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, both of which have provided funds for the restoration of numerous works of art throughout Florence. He also lectures and serves as a college liaison for the prestigious Jay Pritzker Academy in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Registration is required for this program. Attendees should have a working knowledge of Zoom. Registrants will receive a Zoom link the day of the program.

Event Date
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Event time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cost / donation
$20 general admission
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