More than any other painter, the instantly recognizable style of Botticelli exemplifies 15th-century Renaissance Florence; “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine”. In this largest, most important display of Botticelli’s works in the US, explore dramatic changes in Botticelli’s style and subject matter—from lyrical depictions of mythological nudes to austere sacred subjects—reflecting the shifting political and religious climate of the time.

Learn about the changes in Florentine society during the artist’s lifetime, from the fall of the Medici to Savonarola’s Bonfire of the Vanities. Hear from the exhibition’s curator and gain perspective on the romance of 19th-century Bostonians with Florence and its Renaissance treasures.

Tuesdays, June 6–20, 10:30 am–Noon 

Remis Auditorium

Take the full three-week course or pick and choose the lectures that interest you most.


Ticket Packages

Multi-session course packages are available. Please note that this course package is not available after the date of the first session.

For more information and to purchase individual sessions, select from the “In This Series” section. 

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Members $72.00
Nonmembers $90.00

In This Series

Sandro Botticelli's painting, Saint Augustine in His Study, about 1480

Lectures and Courses

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The World of Renaissance Florence
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
10:30 am12:00 pm

Explore life and art in the city of Florence in Botticelli’s lifetime. Threats from the Black Death and forces beyond the city walls; the...

Sandro Botticelli's painting, Minerva and the Centaur, about 1482

Lectures and Courses

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Botticelli: The Curator's View
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
10:30 am12:00 pm

Botticelli’s signature style—including strong contours and transparent, flowing drapery—is instantly recognizable five centuries later. But what does...

Sandro Botticelli, Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist

Lectures and Courses

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Renaissance Florence and 19th-Century Boston
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
10:30 am12:00 pm

Nineteenth-century Bostonians were profoundly interested in Renaissance Florence. As travel to and around Europe increased, growing numbers of Boston...