Spring 2018 Course

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March 20, 2018

The Artistic Patronage of Francesco I de’ Medici and Bianca Cappello

by Perley Rideau Lifelong Learning


Price: $100 (incl. parking)


Instructor:  Dr. Susanne McColeman
Class Size: Up to 20 participants 

Francesco I de’ Medici, ruler of Tuscany from 1574-87, neglected the affairs of the state in favour of focusing his energy and resources on his lover, Bianca Cappello, and his intellectual pursuits, such as alchemy. This generated animosity towards Francesco and Bianca at home and abroad. The artistic projects commissioned by the couple both contributed to and responded to their resulting negative public image. This course explores how these works served Francesco and Bianca’s individual interests, as well as the responses the works elicited from others.

Dr. Susanne McColeman completed her B.A. and M.A. in Art History at Carleton University and her Ph.D. in Art History at Queen’s University. Susanne has worked as an interim curatorial assistant at the National Gallery of Canada, held a teaching fellowship at Queen’s University and taught several courses in Carleton’s Learning in Retirement Program.

Date and Time

Duration: 4 weeks
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm
Dates: March 20 (Games Room), March 27, April 3, April 10 (Lupton Hall)


Room: Games Room and Lupton Hall
The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre
1750 Russell Road, Ottawa, ON K1G 5Z6

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