Colloquiums about art, music and literature for the curious

thanks to the Licia e Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti Foundation

The first course in the series, on the topic of Neoclassicism, starts Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 6pm. Classes will meet in the conference room “Vincenzo da Massa Carrara” in the San Micheletto Complex (in via San Micheletto 3, Lucca). 

After a summer break, will continue on topics from the 19th century to the present day, free of charge to attendees.  

By introducing concepts that are more broad-reaching than those offered by most texts, the Ragghianti Foundation Director Paolo Bolpagni, hopes the classes will help people contextualize and better understanding of the visual arts. Historical events, as well as the literature, music, and philosophy of each epoch will be used to illuminate the circumstances into which works of great painters and sculptures were born. 

Admittance to the course is free and open to all without registration. Students are welcome along with those who are simply passionate and curious about the topics.  Classes will be taught in simple language so anyone with a desire to better understand the history of art starting with the 19th century until today. 

During the meeting on Thursday, July 7th, the characteristics of the Neoclassical period will be analyzed, with particular attention to the paintings of Jacques-Louis David and to the sculpture of Antonio Canova; the influence of theoreticians Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Anton Raphael Mengs, and the importance of archeological finds of ancient art and architecture, as well as composers and writers ascribing to Neoclassicism will also be addressed.

Portrait of Madame Récamier by Jacques-Louis David, 1800. Source:

The Center for Art Studies of the Licia e Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti Foundation

The Monumental Complex of San Micheletto

Via San Micheletto 3, Lucca

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