A Stroll Through the Uffizi

Take a stroll through the Uffizi Gallery.

This will be an accessible, high energy, edutainment talk about ten famous paintings at the Uffizi Gallery. We will discuss artworks by Giotto, Botticelli, da Fabriano, Titian, Van der Goes, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

In this talk, Douglas Erwing will go over some art fundamentals to help the audience understand the works, while also stressing their beauty and religious nature of the culture that produced them. Erwing will discuss the artists, analyze the paintings, and tell interesting stories about the people illustrated in them. The talks are grounded in academic literature and art appreciation, but Erwing avoids getting academic. This material is for a curious art admirer who wants to learn more but isn’t interested in getting bogged down with academic jargon.

For some, this is the beginning of a love affair with Italian culture, including wine, food, and a vacation to Tuscany. For those who have traveled to Florence and seen these paintings, this is a deeper dive into the artworks.


About the presenter:

Douglas Erwing practiced real estate law. He owned and operated title insurance companies for 25 years and spent the last 13 of those years also teaching at the University of Houston (UH) Honors College. He taught a variety of subjects, including surveys of American history, law-related classes on the Constitution, early American legal history, and civil rights in America. Erwing was a Mellon Fellow. He has a J.D. and Ph.D. in Early American Legal History.

During the past seven years, Erwing was a full-time instructor at the Honors College. In addition to teaching, he was also the Director of the Bonner Leaders Program, a leadership program focused on fighting poverty in a number of communities in Houston. Erwing has won a number of awards for teaching and service. Erwing’s passion outside of early American history is Italian Renaissance art. He has co-led trips to Florence from the Honors College. On these trips, he guides walks through art galleries and talks to students, alumni, and international visitors.

“A visit with me in Florence is one of the recommended stops for UH Honors students travelling to Europe,” Erwing said. “My wife and I can be found a few months out of the year in Florence on art scavenger hunts, giving tours, and adding to our knowledge of art, architecture, food, and wine.”



Tuesday, July 11, 2023 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
$10 ICCC Members | $15 Non-members
The event will be in-person at the ICCC.



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