Presented by Michael Norris, PhD, retired museum educator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Classes are offered on Tuesdays, January 4, 11, and 18, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Price per class: $12 members; $15 not-yet-members
Price for the entire course: $30 members; $40 not-yet-members

Learn more about medieval Bologna and the Middle Ages in general as this three-part course brings alive aspects of everyday Bolognese culture to enrich participants’ experience of the exhibition Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City.  

Use the code ALL3 for discount


Medieval Dress-Up
January 4, 5:30­–6:30 p.m.

In this class, participants will learn about styles of medieval clothing from unmentionables to the grandest outer layers, exploring the everyday fashion worn by Bologna’s well-dressed citizens and elite Europeans who came to the city to study. Medieval paintings, sculptures, and tapestries—including examples from the exhibition Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City—will guide the eye.


A Tour of Medieval Bologna
January 11, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

With the help of photos, postcards, maps, and artwork from the exhibition Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City, this class will walk through the daily life of this vibrant college town, visiting its buildings, businesses, and people.


Little Brothers and Hounds of the Lord
January 18, 5:30­–6:30 p.m.

Through medieval works of art, participants in this class will learn the life stories of important Christian figures Saint Francis and Saint Dominic. See how they and their followers contributed to the life of medieval Bologna through artworks from the exhibition Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City.


About Michael Norris

Michael Norris, PhD, has given lectures for more than twenty years, focusing especially on classical and medieval art, the areas of his expertise. He received his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and both his MA in classics and PhD in art history from University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent twenty years at The Met Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and has lectured all over the world, including at libraries, schools, retirement communities, and clubs with Armchair Art Tours. 



Image: Nicolò di Giacomo di Nascimbene, called Nicolò da Bologna (documented 1349–1403). Cutting from a choirbook (gradual): The Trinity (in initial B), ca. 1392–1402. Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment, 14 x 12 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, Gift of Elizabeth J. Ferrell, MS 115 (2017.122.1), leaf 1v. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program




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