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Program 265a: Paris Art Scene; Irish Writers; Michelangelo's Florence

Release Date: 03-09-2013


Hear how language is a high form of art in Ireland, where the works of its poets and playwrights add color to even the nation's parks and pubs. We'll get tips for enjoying more of the speciality museums of Paris. Also, we'll explore how growing up in Renaissance-era Florence shaped Michelangelo into one of the greatest artists of all time.


  • Tour guide Elisabeth Van Hest, based in Paris
  • Tour guide Barry Moloney, based in Kinsale, Ireland
  • Washington University (St. Louis) Art History Professor William E. Wallace, author of "Michelangelo: The Artist, The Man, and His Times" (Cambridge University Press)
  • Gene Openshaw, co-author (with Rick Steves) of "Europe 101: Art History and Art for the Traveler" (Avalon Travel Books)

Related Links

  • Elisabeth and Rick recommend the Jacquemart-Andre Museum for viewing the elegance of late 19th century Haussmann-redesigned Paris.  
  • Pariscope is a French-language periodical with weekly arts and entertainment listings for Paris.
  • The Institute of the Arab World is on the left bank of the Seine, not far across the river from Notre Dame.
  • Centre Pompidou is the major modern art museum in Paris.
  • The gothic Sainte-Chapelle is famous for its stained glass windows, and long security check lines to get in.
  • The Paris Museum Pass has several ways to view more than 60 museums and monuments.
  • Eiffel Tower takes online reservations at an English-language website.
  • The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl provides historical walking tours in Dublin.
  • W. B. Yates' gravestone presents an opportunity for literary discussion.
  • Barry Moloney recommends Coole Park and Gardens in County Galway, where there is a trail through the "seven woods" mentioned in the works of W. B. Yeats.
  • Barry recommends two Irish films to better understand the underpinnings of the Irish people and their love of the land, "The Field" (released in 1990), and "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," about the Irish Civil War (released in 2006).
  • William Wallace has a blog with a link to a podcast series he produced at the website for Cambridge University Press, North America:
  • The Cambridge University Press website for William Wallace's book Michelangelo: The Artist, The Man, and His Times
  • Rick co-authored the "Europe 101" art history book with Gene Openshaw.
  • Gene Openshaw's chart of Renaissance notables in "the Class of 1500."