Sunday, 3 p.m., Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave., N.E., Atlanta, Ga. SCAD Professor of Art History Anne Leader will speak about her new book, "The Badia of Florence: Art and Observance in a Renaissance Monastery" (http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/655372). The book examines the Santa Maria di Firenze, known familiarly as the abbey, or Badia, of Florence during a crucial period of reform and rebirth. Interdisciplinary in approach, it explores the renovated Badia as an integral part of the spiritual, political, and social life of Early Renaissance Florence, as crucial to the broader program to disseminate the Benedictine Observance throughout Italy, and as fundamental to refashioning Benedictine corporate identity. The Florentine Badia is significant not only for its role in Florence's civic life and urban development, but also because its cloister survives as the earliest monastic commission to display the new architectural language of Brunelleschi and the revolutionary artistic vocabulary of Masaccio and Fra Angelico. By interweaving discussion of Renaissance art, architecture, monasticism, patronage, and Florentine social and political history, it provides a greater understanding of this fascinating monument and expands our knowledge of religious life, artistic patronage and workshop practice in Early Renaissance Italy. Admission to the Ivy Hall Writers Series is $15 per person. Admission is free for SCAD students, professors and staff with a valid ID. A book signing is available after the event with the purchase of a book. For more information, contact Lee Barry Todd at email@example.com or (404) 253-3324. (jasbro)
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