Anatomia Italiana: Art and Anatomy in the Italian Renaissance

Feb 10, 2016 991

Where: Hall of Nations, 2191 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, California 92101. When: 5:00pm on Sunday February 21., 2016. Door closes at 5:15pm. Italy's medieval universities established the study of human anatomy for physicians. To heighten their art, Renaissance masters clandestinely examined anatomy through human dissection. The profound connection between art and science is best demonstrated by the genius of Michelangelo. Indeed, the wooden crucifix he carved in gratitude for secret access to corpses from a convenes hospital still hangs in the Basilica of Santo Spirito in Florence. This talk will examine the nexus between art and science, and the history of anatomy education in the university.


Kevin Petti, Ph.D. is a dual U.S./Italian citizen, a college professor in the departments of science and health at San Diego Miramar College, a textbook coauthor, and president emeritus of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. Dr. Petti teaches courses in human anatomy and physiology, human dissection, and health science. He also teaches study abroad courses to Italy that focus on the genesis of anatomy as a science and its influence on the Renaissance masters. His students range from anatomy professors pursuing continuing education to international programs for college students.

He is invited to speak about the connection between art and anatomy in medieval and Renaissance Italy at international conferences as well as various universities around the country. He has also been invited by
the Italian government to speak at their Cultural Institutes in Los Angeles and New York City.


Dr. Petti has a bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University, a master's degree from San Diego State University and a doctorate from the University of San Diego.


This event is brought to you by the Italian Cultural Center of San Diego and House of Italy.


Cost: Lecture is free. Dinner (appetizers, lasagna, salad, dessert and fruit) available for the first 30 people that RSVP for $10 (cash only payable at the door). RSVP: email: ruocco2@sbcglobal.net Please, indicate: first and last name, address and phone number and whether you want to purchase the dinner or not

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