Events

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NEW HAVEN, CT
April 26, 2014

Kasbah Garden Cafe’105 Howe Street, New Haven, CT 0651

Metaphysics in Art, Architecture, Poetry, and Science

This is part of the series of Philosophical Forums in Connecticut begun in May and November 2001,
and continued in June 2004, December 2007, and October 2010, and will continue in late April, 2014.

Listening to our Callings: The Daimon in the Renaissance and Beyond.
During the Renaissance each person was said to be born with a guiding spirit called a daimon. This spirit or angel urges us onward through thoughts, feelings, signs, and symbols.This talk will take a look at some
of the writings on the daimon, talk about the lives of some of the great Renaissance artists and see how they followed their daimons, and then move on to some others who followed them. We will also discuss some of the threads in our own lives, and observe how synchronicities, hunches, and urges have moved us in creative ways.

NEW YORK, NY
January 18, 2013
New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
Ph: 212.219.2527
http://www.opencenter.org/
Contact Your Guiding Spirit: Renaissance Teachings on Beauty, Love, and Creativity

NEW YORK, NY
December 7, 2012
9:30 pm

The Renaissance Workshop for Drawing and Painting.
In this talk and visual presentation, Julianne Davidow will give a brief overview of Renaissance philosophy and show how artists incorporated it in their work.
http://www.renaissanceworkshop.biz
More Info & RSVP: Raul-Santiago Sebazco (fineartist@rcn.com)

NEW YORK, NY
February 22, 2012

Greater New York Region
The National Organization of Italian American Women
Calandra Institute
25 West 43rd Street
17th Floor
6:30-8:30 pm
Talk/Signing

STATEN ISLAND, NY
November 10, 2011 – 7pm

Casa Belvedere-The Italian Cultural Foundation
A Unique Campus Showcasing the Rich Heritage & Culture of Italy
79 Howard Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10301
tel. 718-273-7660
www.casa-belvedere.org
Talk/Book Signing

EAST HAMPTON, NY
Saturday, August 13, 2011

East Hampton Library
Authors Night
5-7:30pm Reception 8pm
http://authorsnight.org

TUCKAHOE, NY
April 27, 2011 – 2pm

Westchester Italian Cultural Center
One Generoso Pope Place
http://www.wiccny.org
OUTER BEAUTY, INNER JOY: CONTEMPLATING THE SOUL OF THE RENAISSANCE
Talk/Signing

MILLVILLE, NJ
April 15, 2011 – 6pm

The Public Library
210 Buck Street
tel: 856-825-7087
OUTER BEAUTY, INNER JOY: CONTEMPLATING THE SOUL OF THE RENAISSANCE
Talk/Signing

NEW YORK CITY
New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street
www.opencenter.org

Sunday, April 3, 2011 – 2:30-5:30pm
LIVING THE WAY OF BEAUTY: TEACHINGS FROM THE RENAISSANCE

Julianne will present this workshop on beauty in the afternoon of a full day workshop, together with Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and many other books on cultivating the soul in everyday life.
Renaissance philosophers placed a new emphasis on the value of life: personal experiences with nature, art, and love could be ways of communing with the Divine here and now. By contemplating earthly beauty, an individual could touch the Anima Mundi, the World Soul, flowing in and through all, thereby deepening levels of awareness and insight. Since then, others have followed the way of this wisdom teaching. This afternoon we will discuss ways to describe beauty, expanding our ability to experience beauty, allowing beauty to help us connect to the world around us, using memories of beauty to open portals to our inner world, and the aesthetic experience as a way to inspire our own creativity.
A Half-day Workshop

Sunday, April 3, 10am-1pm
RENAISSANCE MAGIC IN THE 21ST CENTURY

with Thomas Moore

The European Renaissance is known for the beauty of its art and the beginnings of a more person-centered and scientific outlook. But it was also a time when major figures researched and practiced magia naturalis, “natural magic.” It was not a matter of transgressing natural laws but of harnessing them to full effect. Natural magic was part of a soul-centered world view and a profound appreciation of the role of art in daily life. In this workshop we will explore the basics of natural magic and see how they can enrich contemporary life. We’ ll experiment with a few simple practices such as: creating amulets and talismans, using music for the benefit of the soul, making a personal or family medallion, hiding important truths, discovering the meaning of your name, choosing where to live, learning an effective means of divination, finding your own colors and materials, and living with paradox and oxymoron.
A Half-day Workshop

NEW YORK CITY
February 1, 2011 – 6:30pm

The Mid-Manhattan Library
455 5th Avenue
OUTER BEAUTY, INNER JOY: CONTEMPLATING THE SOUL OF THE RENAISSANCE
Talk/Book Signing

We know the Italian Renaissance was an explosion of art and beauty in Western history, but many of us are not familiar with the philosophy that inspired it. Mixing present day values with the teachings of the ancients, Italian philosophers forged an inclusive, syncretic philosophy—one that believed the role of the artist and the making of art held an important place in society. This illustrated talk on the recently published book, Outer Beauty, Inner Joy, explores the connection between this philosophy and the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance.

SANTA CRUZ, CA
November 16, 2010

Santa Cruz Public Library
Central Branch
224 Church Street
OUTER BEAUTY, INNER JOY: CONTEMPLATING THE SOUL OF THE RENAISSANCE
Book signing

Neoplatonic and Hermetic writings of Alexandria were preserved in Greek Byzantium and known by some in the Latin West and the Islamic world. But it wasn’t until the fifteenth century that they truly came to life again, at Marsilio Ficino’s Platonic Academy near Florence. The ideas and writings of those who gathered here had an enormous influence on the work of great writers, artists and philosophers throughout Italy and Europe. This talk will give a brief overview of Renaissance Neoplatonism and some examples of its influence, in particular, on Italian Renaissance art.

SAN JOSE, CA
November 13, 2010 – 2pm

San Jose Public Library
Almaden Branch
6445 Camden Ave.

Talk/Signing
This illustrated talk on the recently published book, Outer Beauty, Inner Joy, explores the connection between the philosophy and the art of the Italian Renaissance.

SAN JOSE, CA
November 12, 2010 – 6pm

Italian American Heritage Foundation
435 N. 4th Street

OUTER BEAUTY, INNER JOY: CONTEMPLATING THE SOUL OF THE RENAISSANCE
Book signing

We honor and revere the art of the Italian Renaissance, but many of us are not familiar with the philosophy that inspired it. This talk will give an overview of the Platonic revival that took place in fifteenth-century Florence, outlining the work of Marsilio Ficino and others, and their influence on the art, architecture, and philosophy of the period.

SAN JOSE, CA
November 7, 2010 – 11am

Divine Science Community Center
1540 Hicks Avenue

RENAISSANCE NEOPLATONISM AND THE NEW THOUGHT MOVEMENT
This talk will give a brief overview of the Neoplatonic and Hermetic writings of Alexandria as expanded upon by Marsilio Ficino’s Platonic Academy in fifteenth-century Florence. The ideas and writings of those who gathered here influenced the work of great writers, artists and philosophers throughout Italy and Europe. We will also look at the work of some of those who followed and incorporated elements of Renaissance philosophy in their own writings, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and leaders of the New Thought Movement.

NEW HAVEN, CT
October 24, 2010

New Haven Free Public Library: The Philosophers’ and Alchemists’ Forum

THE NEOPLATONISTS IN THE RENAISSANCE: FICINO’S PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE
In fifteenth-century Florence, Marsilio Ficino and the Platonic Academy continued in the footsteps of the ancient Platonists. Their work initiated what is now called Renaissance Platonism or Neoplatonism.

This talk will briefly describe the life and times of Ficino, and focus on his Commentary on Plato’s Symposium on Love with its Platonic (and Renaissance) emphasis on love as desire for ideal beauty. This work influenced other love treatises, as well as works of art. We’ll look at some passages from Ficino’s Commentary and see how they relate to Renaissance images of Venus and Mars.

Photography by Julianne Davidow