Art Talk: Renaissancing Renoir

Date(s) - Saturday, February 16, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale


Join international art historian and lecturer, Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D., for an in-depth talk about how Renoir’s work was influenced by Italian Renaissance painters.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s trip to Italy in 1841 marked a turning point in the artist’s career. After seeing works by Titian, Raphael and Leonardo first hand, the French artist declared, “I had gone as far as I could with Impressionism and I realized I could neither paint nor draw.” In fact, most Renoir critics describe the artist’s reaction to the virtuosity of Renaissance artists not as a “rebirth,” but as the provocation of the death of his revolutionary Impressionist style.

Rocky Ruggiero, Ph.D. is a Professor of Art and Architectural History who lectures for various American universities throughout Italy and the United States. He has been featured in numerous television documentaries about the Italian Renaissance, most recently in the History Channel’s Engineering an Empire: Da Vinci’s World and Museum Secrets: the Uffizi Gallery, and the recent NatGeo/NOVA PBS program on Brunelleschi’s dome entitled Great Cathedral Mystery.

This event is free for Museum members; $10 for non-members.  Call 954-262-0258 to RSVP or register online at