Imagine three weeks where you will live and breathe the art of Florence, birthplace of the renaissance, and enjoy its lively social life, fashion and exquisite cuisine. Through this course, students experience first-hand the art and culture of Florence, not only through visits to cultural institutions such as museums and libraries, but as well through a program of total immersion in the life of Florence, a city where life and art are inseparable. The program begins with a walking architectural tour of Florence guided by Professor Caradonna, a recognized architect and designer and a specialist in Italian art and culture. The tour provides your first opportunity to explore and interact with the city. Perusing the daily schedule below, you will see at once the rich array of activities and visits we have planned for your educational enrichment and cultural journey. On Sunday evening, May 25, we will all meet for a class dinner - and so our journey begins.
Project Methodology -
a creative, interactive and organic process involving object selection, photographing objects, object and topic research and analysis. This process of "knowledge construction" will lead students to discover new ideas and perspectives which will be expressed in their project.
Project Description -
Each student is required to produce a course project. The project takes the form of an exhibition catalog for which the exhibit theme / topic is based on an aspect of Florentine art and culture and importantly, on individual experience and observation. Students should choose their theme by the end of the beginning of the second week by which time you will have had a chance to experience and interact in ways that will inspire and guide your topic selection. This process will motivate and propel your project. A key point is that your work moves from the specific to the general, that is, from selected objects to topic formation. From museum tours and lectures you will see the way in which museum curators think about and discuss art and how they describe and talk about works or art and bringing their individual perspectives placed social and cultural contexts.
Each student is required to produce a course project. The project takes the form of an exhibition catalog for which the exhibit theme or subject is based on some aspect of Florentine art and culture and importantly, on your individual experience and observation. Choose your theme by the end of the first week by which time you will have had a chance to experience and interact in ways that will inspire and guide your topic selection so that you connect with your topic. This will motivate and propel you project. A key point is that your work moves from the specific to the general, from selected objects to the topic.
the first week, students will begin to formulate a theme / topic for
their research project. Topics will evolve from visits to
libraries and monuments during which students will identify
sculpture, architecture and or other artifacts that speak to them ,
inspire them and are linked thematically to express a topic.
Once students have identified some of their
objects and related
theme, they will submit their topic to Professor Caradonna for
approval. This should be accomplished by the beginning of the
week. Some examples of themes in Florentine art might be:
aspects of the
female figure, Medici women, ceremony, conflict, design elements in
Submitting the Project.
Because there will not adequate time to do library research while you are in Florence, you will until the end of Summer I (June 25), to complete your project. For students attending the London Summer School, that timeline will be extended by 3 weeks.
Daily schedulte is posted in several weeks before the course begins.
Abbreviations and Web sites of visits and libraries.
BNCF - Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze
Uffizi Gall - Uffizi Gallery
Uffizi Lib - Uffizi Library
Alinari - Alinari Photo Archive and Museum
Gabinetto delle Stampe - Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe
Argenti - Museo degli Argenti
Bargello - Bargello National Museum
Cappelle Medicee - Museum of the Medici Chapels
Villa I Tatti - Villa I Tatti and Berenson Library
Boboli - The Boboli Gardens
Bib Laurne - Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
Basillica - Basillica, Sante Croce
Vecchio - Palzzo Vecchio
Cap - Cappella Brancacci
Buonarroti - Casa Buonarroti
Orsan michelle (also San Marco and other Florence churches) - Orsanmichele
Academia - Galleria dell'Accademia
FLORENCE - ONLINE RESOURCES
A general guide to Florence
Virtual Florence Tour
Professor Witcombe presents an extensive outline of the Italian Renaissance consisting of links to art works, cultural institutions, churches, artists, architects, sculptures, etc.
Florence libraries and museums.
Union Catalog of consortium of libraries in Florence
Virtual Uffizi - Complete Catalog of the Uffizi Gallery -
Architecture of Florence
Florentine Illuminated Manuscripts
The museums of Polo Museale - Florence
History of Italy - Primary Documents
Medici Archives Database - Archives houses at the Archivo di Stato in Florence
The Prince by Machiavelli - from Project Gutenberg
Florence Archives List
Suggested Readings.- to be posted.