Best online events, April 20-27, 2020

What we can do during lockdown this week

Jane Farrell
April 20, 2020 - 13:27

ART/ Art history encounters with Elaine Ruffolo: An Evening with Michelangelo

8pm, April 26 




A series of talk focusing on Italian Renaissance art continues following the success of its last session on Caravaggio. This Sunday's encounter delves into the life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, unrivaled in Renaissance art. Traveling virtually to Florence, Cararra and Rome, this one hour talk will explore the life and career of one of the most exceptional artists. Join on Zoom using this link. The sessions are free but donations are welcome on Elaine Ruffolo's website



FILM/ Cinema La Compagnia


Bring the big screen to your small screen



Cinema outings are hopefully not too far away, but in the meantime we can enjoy the best of film from the comfort of our own homes. Cinema La Compagnia has released a wide-ranging program of free movies (including some for little ones!) that can be accessed via their website. They have also uploaded episodes with top film critics giving you expert analysis on what you must make sure to watch, as well as micro-lessons on the art of film, with some behind the scenes secrets. 




Monteverdi Tuscany

April 25


Ph/ Monteverdi Tuscany



Luxury Retreat Hotel Monteverdi Tuscany are hosting cultural events online that bring world-famous names into your living room. On April 25, renowned jazz musician Steve Tyrell performs "Bella Notte" with his band a safe distance away. The Grammy award winning musician produced Rod Stewart's 'Stardust' album and his well-known oeuvre features "That Lovin' Feeling" and "A song for you". Tune in for the performance on their website.




CULTURE/ The British Institute of Florence

6pm, April 22


Renaissance daily life



Join The British Institute of Florence on Zoom for the latest installment in their cultural series. Painter, sculptor, art historian and author Dr. Alan Pascuzzi will give a talk titled 'Florentine Renaissance Art in the Domestic Sphere: Art and Daily Life in Renaissance Florence'. The lecture will explore "how art accompanied, commemorated and glorified the lives of Florentines in the Renaissance".  Join the Zoom Meeting here, Meeting ID: 276 957 5320. Password: 970164.




EDUCATION/ Museo Galileo

Explorers galore



The Galileo Museum has created an educational series for secondary schools, providing free video lessons on a range of topics. Three different learning journeys can be activated such as "The wonderful imperfection of the universe from Galileo Galilei to Primo Levi", focusing on the influence of science and technology on philosophy, literature and society; "Galileo in Musica", examining song lyrics inspired by the great scientist and his unexpected influence on pop music; and finally "Gulliver's travels or ... science in the clouds" taking inspiration from Jonathan Swift's masterpiece and his caricature of the eighteenth-century scientific world. Click here to learn more. 




TF Together


TF Together community events



This week’s live line-up on our Facebook and YouTube channels includes mindfulness with Kamin Mohammedi (April 20, 5pm); the return of Lungarno Chats hosted by Morgan Fiumi, in conversation with Rod Christie: ‘Industry, Global Economy, and Geopolitics in unprecedented times’ (April 21, 6pm); and the popular Storytellers online format, with The Beehive Rome (Saturday, April 25, 6:30pm), held on Go To Meeting – log on with or Access Code 575-285-053 from a cell phone. For the full and constantly updated line-up, see here


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