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Portraiture from Renaissance through Today: Live Virtual Lecture

August 24, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Live lecture via Zoom by Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D with additional commentary by Bonnie Clearwater and a virtual tour of contemporary portraits on view in “Transitions and Transformations”

Join art historian and television personality Rocky Ruggiero and NSU Art Museum Director and Chief Curator, Bonnie Clearwater for “Look at Me! Portraiture from the Renaissance to the Selfie”. Dr. Ruggiero will explore portraiture in the Renaissance and Bonnie Clearwater will take us on a highlight tour of contemporary portraits in the museum’s current collection exhibition “Transitions and Transformations” featuring Elaine de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Mickalene Thomas, Zanele Muholi, among others.

Tuesday, Sept. 1: 5:30

Free for Museum members; $5 non-members

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Rocky Ruggiero is a professor of Art and Architectural History and expert on Italian Renaissance art who has lectured at numerous universities throughout the United States and Italy. His television appearances include the History Channel documentaries, Engineering an Empire: Da Vinci’s World and Museum Secrets: the Uffizi Gallery, and the NOVA PBS program Great Cathedral Mystery.


Bonnie Clearwater is the Director and Chief Curator at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. A noted art historian and curator, Clearwater has written extensively on contemporary art and authored over forty publications on modern and contemporary artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Tracey Emin, Helen Frankenthaler, Ana Mendieta, Mark Rothko, Shinique Smith, among others.


Suggested Reading:

Jean Sorabella, “Portraiture in Renaissance and Baroque Europe” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Independent Scholar, August 2007.


Piero della Francesca, The Duke and Duchess of Urbino Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza, 1473-1475 c. Uffizi Gallery collection © MiBACT 2017

Catherine Opie, Justin Bond, 1993. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, museum purchase. © 2020 Catherine Opie


August 24, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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