The Leonard Lopate Show

Botticelli, Mafiosi, Berlusconi: The Paradox of Italy

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Football, Freemasonry, sex, symbolism, and why the Italians have twelve words for a coat hanger, yet none for a hangover.

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Spinning on Air

Cantar alla Viola Revives a Sound Not Heard Since the Renaissance

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Voice and viola da gamba duo Cantar alla Viola joins David Garland in the WNYC studio to perform and talk about music of the Renaissance, plus their unique take on Brazilian Bossa Nova.

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Gig Alert: Christoph Denoth

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Swiss classical guitar virtuoso highlights work from the Renaissance at SubCulture. Listen to "Mister Dowland's Midnight."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Piero della Francesca at the Frick

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Piero della Francesca was a founding figure of the Italian Renaissance. A new exhibition at the Frick Collection brings together seven of Francesa's works, including six panels from the Sant’Agostino altarpiece.

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WQXR Features

An Early Music and Baroque Christmas

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Host David Garland presents an hour of Christmas and wintertime music from medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras.



This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Renaissance portraiture at the Met, geometric explosions (or are they implosions?) at the Asia Society, and a painter who bucked a trend at the National Academy. The holidays may be upon us, but there's still plenty to do in New York. Here's what we're looking at this week.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How the World Became Modern

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stephen Greenblatt tells how one ancient manuscript, brought to light after a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern looks at the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, sparked the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.

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In a School of 'Fame,' an Awakening of Renaissance Music

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

LaGuardia High School, best known as the school upon which the movie and TV show "Fame" was based, is about to get its first Renaissance music club. Kids will learn instruments like the crumhorn and recorder.

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Michelangelo Escapes from Behind the Couch in Buffalo

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Listen up, stoop sale perusers and junk junkies: a painting that had been stashed behind a couch in Buffalo might be the work of Italian Renaissance master Michelangelo.


Studio 360

Renaissance Rivals

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Sara Fishko surveys the great rivalries of history. She spoke with the late art historian Rona Goffen, who found that envy is responsible for some of the masterpieces of Western art.


Studio 360

The Passion of the Painter

Saturday, April 23, 2005

When Mel Gibson was making The Passion of the Christ, he modeled the Crucifixion scene on paintings by Caravaggio. Caravaggio, the Baroque master, made the sufferings of Jesus and the saints vividly believable. But Caravaggio didn't live like a saint — or even like Mel Gibson. Peter Crimmins learned how ...


Studio 360

Artemisia Gentileschi's Biblical Vengeance

Saturday, November 30, 2002

The 17th-century artist's painting, of the biblical Judith slaying Holofernes, was itself an act of revenge.

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)


Studio 360

Artemisia Gentileschi's Biblical Vengeance

Saturday, May 04, 2002

The 17th-century artist Artemisia Gentileschi's painting, of the biblical Judith slaying Holofernes, was itself an act of revenge.