St. Peter's Basilica counts among its contributors and creators some of the most famous architects and artists of the Renaissance: Bramante, Bernini, Raphael, and Michelangelo. It was built on the site of the Circus of Nero, and Catholic tradition holds that St. Peter, the original disciple of Jesus Christ and the first Pope of the Catholic Church, was crucified and buried where the current church now stands.
The Teaching Company is proud to present Professor Kenneth Bartlett in a lecture that provides historical context and background to the commitment to build what today many think to be the largest church in the world.
Kenneth Bartlett is Professor of History and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1978. A past President of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, he has devoted much of his career to bringing Renaissance culture into undergraduate and graduate classrooms.