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The Enchanted Museums: Art Historical Narratives from Milan (LECTURE 2)
Presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto and Art and the City Milan

LECTURE 2: Friday, June 19 | 3:00pm EST

From Botticelli’s Crisis to Leonardo’s Convictions: Four works from the Erudite AMBROSIANA COLLECTION

Mother Nature has cast a spell on us all and we wait, with bated breath, for our cultural travels to resume safely and for this “suspended” time to release us from captivity. The Museums and Galleries of Milan are still silent and very few visitors are permitted to walk through the ancient halls and gaze at the venerated images of a glorious past. Yet, the Old Master paintings still talk to each other every day from across their gilded frames, magically relating to one another in invisible ways.

This narration by Art Historian Serena Spinelli, live streamed from Milan, will allow us to spend some time admiring the masterpieces from THREE of the city’s oldest collections.

Register and allow us to guide you, from the comfort and safety of your own home, in the discovery of a few carefully chosen pieces from these distinguished Milanese Institutions.


Friday, June 26 | 3:00pm EST

From the Florentine Ladies of Pollaiuolo to Guardi’s Venetian Gondola: Four works from the sophisticated PRIVATE COLLECTION OF GIAN GIACOMO POLDI PEZZOLI.

Jun 19, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Serena Spinelli
Art Historian
Born in Rome and educated in France, Ireland, Belgium, Canada and the UK. Bachelor of Arts with high honours in Art History from Carleton University, Ottawa. Master of Arts in the Renaissance from the University of East Anglia, UK. Diploma from Sotheby’s Institute in London, UK. Currently based in Milan where she has profited from 20 years of valuable experience in the field of Art Education; spent actively guiding visitors of all ages and interests within top museums and international exhibitions, organizing and conducting lectures, workshops and devising programs for cultural associations. Her current freelance project “Art and the City” focuses on curatorial projects for Art Galleries, writing critical narration for Contemporary artists as well as organizing cultural outings in Northern Italy for Tour Operators and private groups. Conducting lectures in the History of Art continues to be an engaging priority.