When: February 10, 2021
Speakers: Rob Prufer
Topic: The Innocents at Home
Social “hour” begins at 7 pm. Presentation begins at 7:30
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.
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.
DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON
Live Meeting COVID Guidelines
Even as COVID variants continue to plague the population, we have returned to offering live meetings for Dante this season. We’ve all been longing for a return to shared meals, and since this is foundational to Dante activities, we want to make it possible. Following the guidelines and regulations now in place by many workplaces, public venues and community groups, the Dante Board of Directors has agreed to the guidelines listed below as an acceptable plan to keep us as safe as possible when meeting in person.
1) Please do not attend if you have been exposed to COVID, or are experiencing any symptoms of illness. We will make best efforts to record the presentations so that those who cannot attend in person can enjoy them afterwards. There will also be a few meetings presented on ZOOM instead of live this season, for all to enjoy.
2) Masks are encouraged. Although no longer required, we encourage attendees to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
Thank you again for your understanding and observance of these guidelines. Let’s work together to control COVID!!!