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Siena: a gothic dream

March 4 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


with Elaine Ruffolo

SIENA: a gothic Dream

View the recording on YouTube


Draped on three hills, Siena is the most beautiful city in Tuscany: a flamboyant medieval ensemble of palaces and towers, cast in warm brown, burnt-Siena colored brick.

Siena’s soaring skyline is its pride, dominated by the blazing black and white banner of a cathedral and the taut needle of the Torre di Mangia.

The Palazzo Pubblico, the very center of Siena is but four streets away from olive groves and orchards. The contrast is part of the city’s charm: densely built-up brick urbanity and round the corner a fine stretch of long Tuscan farmland. Here art went hand in hand with fierce civic pride to make Siena a world of its own.

Elaine Ruffolo is a Renaissance art historian living in Florence with a special interest in 15th-century patronage. She has lectured for Syracuse and Stanford Universities in Florence and designed academic travel programs throughout Italy for cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian Associates, the Clark at Williams College, Telfair Museums, Atlanta High Museum, Yale Alumni, College of William and Mary and the Patrons of the Vatican Museums. Elaine is on the advisory board of the Friends of Florence and consults for CEO and YPO programs throughout Europe. Most recently she began Art History Encounters, a virtual platform that brings the art and culture of Italy directly to your home.



March 4
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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