Renaissance Lectures with Emily Fenichel, Ph.D., with Friends of the Uffizi Gallery

09/01/15 to 10/02/15
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Three Renaissance lectures with Emily Fenichel, Ph.D., presented this season by American Friends of the Uffizi Gallery and the Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is proud to partner with the American Friends of the Uffizi Gallery to present three lectures with Florida Atlantic University Assistant Professor Emily Fenichel, Ph.D. on Renaissance art. Dr. Fenichel earned her doctorate from the University of Virginia with a dissertation considering Michelangelo’s images of the Virgin Mary, and is currently working on a book exploring Michelangelo’s late period.

The schedule of lectures includes:

Michelangelo and Judaism
Sunday, September 27, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Despite a well-deserved reputation as an artist of deep Roman Catholic faith, many of Michelangelo’s most celebrated paintings and sculptures depict prominent figures from the Hebrew Bible. Examining three of the artist’s most famous works, the Sistine Ceiling, David, and Moses, this talk analyzes what these images reveal about Renaissance Judaism, as well as Michelangelo’s understanding of the Jewish people and their contributions to religion, art, and civic life during the early 16th century.

Artistic Competition in Renaissance Florence

Sunday, November 22, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
From Dante Alighieri to Giorgio Vasari to present-day historians, writers have long recognized competition as a defining force in Renaissance Florence. In pitting artist against artist, Renaissance patrons strove to obtain the best works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. In turn, this competition spurred Cimabue, Giotto, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and others to greater and greater heights of artistic achievement. Covering a wide range of artists, patrons, and commissions, this talk considers how such rivalry fueled the greatness of the Florentine Renaissance.

The Madonnas of the Uffizi
Sunday, January 17, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

It would be difficult to overestimate the Virgin Mary’s importance in Renaissance Florence, a city that claimed her as a protector and built a cathedral in her honor. Indeed, from civic governance to childbirth, the Madonna was present in almost every aspect of a Florentine’s life. Needless to say, Mary was also a favorite subject of Renaissance artists. Join us on a tour of the most famous and loveliest Madonnas of the Uffizi. Dr. Fenichel investigates what they tell us about the art, artists, and theology of the period.

The cost to attend the lectures is free for Friends of the Uffizi Members and Museum Members, or $12 for non-members. RSVPs are required to [email protected] or 561.392.2500, ext. 213.


About Boca Raton Museum of Art

Founded by artists, the Boca Raton Museum of Art was established in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton. The organization has grown to encompass an Art School, Guild, Store, and Museum with distinguished permanent collections of contemporary art, photography, non-western art, glass, and sculpture, as well as a diverse selection of special exhibitions.  The Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 AM until 5 PM; on Thursdays from 10 AM until 8 PM; and on weekends from 12 PM until 5 PM. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month, and otherwise $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for students with IDs and children under 12. Learn more at