Michelangelo Reloaded: AI Meets the Renaissance

March 31, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Join us for a q&a with Renaissance genius, Michelangelo Buonarroti, live from his birthplace, Florence, Italy. Come ready to ask anything you wish about the great artist’s life and opus, where he found inspiration, how people lived and worked during the Renaissance, and also what he thinks of the world today. Thanks to AI, Michelangelo will answer all of your burning questions and satisfy your curiosity in real time. Michelangelo AI is a partnership between Querlo and the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore whose primary goal is to strengthen the ties between the arts and sciences and technology. This conversational AI session will be led and facilitated by Monsignor Timothy Verdon, resident art historian at the Stanford in Florence Program and Director of Florence’s Cathedral Museum (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo), and Francesco Rulli, Global CEO, Querlo, Customized Artificial Intelligence Solutions.

Francesco Rulli, Founder, and CEO of Querlo, has a life-long interest in entrepreneurship, media, fashion, and technology. Among his previous enterprises are the John Malkovich fashion line, Film Annex, an online film distribution company, and BitLanders, a social media platform with 1 million registered users. Now an industry leader in gamification, BitLanders has several pending patents, including the content ranking system Buzz Score, and BitMiles, a rewarding system inspired by the Medici family’s double ledger accounting system.

In 2015, Rulli launched Querlo providing a robust environment for “conversational AI” and data performance analytics. Today the chatbots employ algorithms that mimic the neural connections of the human brain, a revolutionary development that strives to unify the arts and sciences with technology, a longtime dream of his.

Timothy Verdon is a Roman Catholic priest and art historian with a Ph.D. from Yale University and numerous books and articles in Italian and English. A former Fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti), Verdon has also served as Consultor for the Vatican Commission on Church Art and is currently Director of the Office of Sacred Art of the Archdiocese of Florence. An honorary member of the Florentine Accademia delle Arti del Disegno and of the Accademia di Belle Arti, both founded in the 16th century, Verdon is also Director of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and creator of its new installation project realized in 2012-2015. In 2018 he organized a scholarly conference for world museum directors, ‘Museology and Values. Art and Human Dignity in the 21st Century’, published by Brepols (Turnhout, Belgium) in 2019.

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