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English Language Meeting – February 10, 2021
February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
When: February 10, 2021
Speakers: Rob Prufer
Topic: The Innocents at Home
Social “hour” begins at 7 pm. Presentation begins at 7:30
About the Presentation:
The Innocents at Home explores Florence’s remarkable Renaissance institution, the Hospital of the Innocents. We’ll trace its life from its creation as a civic orphanage in the early 15th century all the way up to its associated institutions today. We’ll investigate the story of its founding patron and attempts by directors through the centuries to secure adequate funding by commissioning art for the orphanage. And of course we’ll appreciate the remarkable architecture by Brunelleschi and the darling terra cottas by the della Robbia family.
About the Speaker:
In addition to his day job teaching art history and history at Newport H.S. in Bellevue, Rob used to lecture on art history in the community, particularly at Dante and the Bellevue Arts Museum’s Loggia Lecture Series. Since the pandemic, however, adapting education to a remote environment has been all-consuming. The Innocents at Home was the last art history project he created, a whirlwind effort in March and April as an expression of gratitude to all the healthcare workers in our community.