| COURSE DESCRIPTION:
the museums, libraries and cultural sites of Florence
workplace - research becomes your passion. Subito -
experience occurs. With
visits to the
museums, archaeological sites, libraries, and parks of Florence,
students document their
with photographs, drawings, and notations to be included in an
diary from which they identify a research theme
illustrating a collection
of related artifacts.
students produce a museum
exhibition catalog drawn from thier daily research and experiences.
I-ARTE: Medici - Information, Research, Technology and Education: Medici: The
acronym, "I-ARTE" describes the broad areas encompassed by course
projects for which students develop their own themes. This
summer's program focuses on Medici art and culture as it shaped
Florentine culture and influenced and continues to influence the course of Western
civilization. Within this theme, Medici design as it applies
across the arts and culture and as it may be applied to digital
environments will be explored and documented. Students have the
option of team projects.
Above: Cameo, plasma in gold setting: Alessandro de'Medici, Duke of Florence. c1535.
Several weeks before the course begins, we will post
readings, online resources and course daily schedule of
events, visits and lectures.
course will be taught in English; however, reading ability in
Italian is helpful.
Bologna: A day trip to Bologna is planned for June 12.
Piazza Maggiore - Bologna
Guided by Professor Cristina Pattuelli of Pratt-Sinstitute and a native
of this magnificent city, visits to libraries and musuems will be
hilighted by talks by some of Bologna's leading information
Sienna - A day trip to Sienna (date to be announced).
Piazza del Campo - Siena
by guided by Professor Anthony Caradonna, students will study the
art and architecture of this magnificent medieval town.
Rome Visit - Students may choose to spend a weekend in Rome. Among the many site
students visit are the Vatican, and the Villa Medici.
Villa Medici dates from 1540 and was owned by
Cardinal Alessandro de' Medici and inherited by his family, the
grand-dukes of Tuscany and served as their embassy in Rome. Since
1801 it has served a the home of the French Academy of Art.
Nazionale Centrale di Fienze - Reading Room (Students obtain library cards for regular study at the BNCF.
Library - is part of IRIS-
Consortium of art history and humanities libraries in
Florence. Established since 1993, it is composed of the
Library; the library of the Dutch University Institute for Art History
in Florence; the library of the Uffizi; the library of the Fondazione
di Studi di Storia dell'Arte R. Longhi; the library of the Instituto
Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento; the library of the Officio delle
Pietre Dure; and the library of the Università
Gallery - The Uffizi Gallery, founded in
Florence in 1581 by the De Medici family, is one of the oldest museums
in the world containing many important works of Italian and other
schools dating from between the 14th and 18th centuries, including the
largest existing collection of Tuscan Renaissance paintings.
Virtual Uffizi, the complete catalog - http://www.arca.net/uffizi/
di Stato Di Firenze
During the first 2 weeks of the Institute, we visit important museums
libraries and of Florence, dividing our time between the study
of art and artifacts, cultural landscape, art documentation and
Libraries, a sampling
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale
Villa Berenson /I Tatti (Harvard University)
Fondazione Roberto Longhi
Biblioteca dell’Universita degli Studi di Firenze
Santa Croce / Cappella dei Pazzi
Santa Maria Novella / Chiostri
Santa Maria del Fiore / Campanile di Giotto
Battistero di San Giovanni
Cappelle Medicee / Chiesa di San Lorenzo
San Miniato al Mont
|ACCOMMODATIONS - we give students options, below is one that's convenient and affordable
For other accomodations see course syllabus under "practical matters."
INSTITUTO OBLATE DELL ASSUNZIONE (Via Borgo Pinti 15, 50121, Firenze,
Tel: 055.2480582, Fax: 055.2346291) Near the Duomo and just a ten
minute walk from the train station, this lovely convent is a former
villa and it is quite beautiful. Students pay 40 euros per night
without breadfast. Most rooms do not have baths but the bathrooms are quite
modern. There is a beautiful garden in the center of the convent.
There is both a chapel and a TV room. If you do not have much
luggage, you can walk, otherwise take either Bus 23 or 14 to the
Piazzo Dumo. Students who wish to stay at the Convento Oblate must call the Convent to make their reservations.
Pratt students at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo,
Photo by T. Giannini
Duomo - photo by T. Giannini
This course builds
upon SILS nationally acclaimed program in "cultural
and also its
successful seven-year track record as a partner for LIS
NYPL Research Libraries (HSSL
and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
an interdisciplinary program with architecture, it brings together the
study of art, architecture, museum and library research and
technology. Importantly, it responds to student interest in
international programs in the arts and the need for students to
broad cultural perspectives and cultural experiences to their studies.
This course supports SILS Museum Library Certificate..
city's rich cultural resources, students develop topics for exploration
selecting a representative group of art objects from museums and
cultural sites using Florentine libraries to document and explore their
topics. Based on their research, students will produce an exhibition
Today, museums and libraries live at the
intersection of arts and technology. It is at this point of
convergence, that we define the field of "cultural informatics" and
where archives, special collections, and media collections become
accessible to a broader public. The arts and
information science depend increasingly on global cooperation and
understanding to support international projects and research.
This program will help prepare students to work in these new
global cultural environments.
SCHEDULE (consult syllabus for daily schedule http://pratt.edu/~lis-dean/florence-syllabus08.html)
26 -June 13 Plan
to arrive the Saturday or Sunday before the course begins on Monday May 25.
Students have the option of arriving earlier but must make sure that they have made housing arrangments.
Arrive in Florence,
register at the Convneto Oblate. Class gets acquainted - refreshments served.
Monday - A walking architectural tour of Florence guided by Prof. Caradonna.
Schedule: Three weeks, Monday-Friday (approx. 9AM-5PM), times
may vary by day depending on library and museum schedules.
Week 1-2: Lectures/demonstrations by
curators and librarians at museums, libraries and archives in Florence
enriched by seminar sessions. Students learn not only about Florentine art, but the resources and
documentation for its study, as well as Italian perspectives on art and
information. By the end of the first week's activities,
should identify their topic/ theme of interest on which their course
project will be based.
Week 3: Students
do research at the
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, the Uffizi Library and other art
libraries on topics based on the art and culture of Florence and the
library's collections. Each student produces a final
project in the form of a research and exhibition catalog based on
Institute is open to students enrolled in graduate programs or
holding graduate degrees in library and information science, the arts
and humanities, interested in research in the Art and Culture of
We encourage students to apply as early as possible as a
of 16 students will be accepted to the program.
CONTACT: For further information or
questions - email the Pratt-SILS office: firstname.lastname@example.org or call
to include with application:
form and include a resume indicating undergraduate degree, graduate
study and or graduate degree(s), related work experience and a
statement on professional goals and your interest in the Florence
program.Your full name, address, e-mail and telephone number. Send
application and materials to: Florence Program: Pratt Institute, School
Information & Library Science, 144 West 14th Street - 6th
New York, NY 10011.
Non Pratt students should include a $40 application fee.
all students pay a $200 international fee which
applies to student party, dinner and events.
for the course is that of a 3-credit course = $2,250.
Deposit - Once a student is
acceptance, a $500 deposit will be required to hold a place in the
course. The deposit will be applied toward the course
Payment in full is due
by April 15.
SILS students register for LIS 697- Florentine
Art & Culture: Museum and Library Research &
Send application forms and payments to:
Florence Program, School of Information & Library Science,
Pratt Institute 144 West 14th Street 6ht floor,
New York, NY 10011.
RT Airfare to Florence:
Students make their own arrangements for travel to Florence
to accommodate individual
travel needs, departure cities and return dates. Students are
encouraged to book early and to
use agencies that offer student fares or other special rates.
RT airfare New York/ Florence - $650.
Giannini in Florence Café
We welcome you to Pratt-SILS International
Programs. Now with exciting summer programs in Florence and London, we know that your program participation and
will enrich your education and bring new perspectives to your studies
in art and information both in theory, research and practice.
Tula Giannini, PhD, MLS, MM. Dean Pratt-SILS
Anthony Caradonna, Associate Professor
Pratt School of Architecture; email email@example.com
Professor Caradonna is a graduate of Pratt Institute and the
Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is a partner in his
own firm OPUS X LLC, a recipient this year of an ID Magazine furniture award.
He has taught at Parsons School of Design, Columbia University, Cornell
University and since 1993 Pratt Institute where he served as
Undergraduate Chair of the Department of Architecture and was
the Rome Program's coordinator and is currently a member of the Rome
faculty. His most recently, he has received wide acclaim as the architect of Cadillac Centre in Detroit.
Caradonna's design firm founded 1997
is an interdisciplinary firm specializing in architecture, interiors,
lighting, and furniture, textile, and object design. His
in-depth knowledge of Italian art, design and architecture as both a
practitioner, artist and researcher, makes him ideally positioned to
teach this interdisciplinary course so that it speaks to both students
of art, architecture and information from buildings and monuments of Florence to its museums and libraries.
Please address your questions to:
School of Information and Library Science
144 West 14th St. 6th. fl.
New York, NY 10011
Dean Giannini with SILS students at the Ponte Vecchio
Photo by A. Caradonna