Art in Renaissance Florence

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Combining elements from the Dawn through High Renaissance programmes, this course surveys the spectacular achievements of local artists over four centuries, including the historical factors which made Florence such a receptive setting for the patronage and cultivation of intellectual and artistic figures including Cimabue, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Donatello, Masaccio, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Vasari, Bronzino and Cellini. This course is offered over four weeks in July and over two weeks in early December. This course includes on-site visits to the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the church of San Miniato al Monte, the church of Santa Croce, the church of Orsanmichele, the Brancacci chapel in the church of the Carmine, the church of Santa Maria Novella, the Museo Nazionale del Bargello and the Palazzo Vecchio. 

 
 
Scroll through the calendar below to locate individual sessions, as well as cultural events at the Harold Acton Library:
 


 

 

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Read what previous students said about this course: 

What are the most valuable aspects of the course?

  • The visit really enhance what we see and learn in the lectures so are a very valuable aspect of the course. E.D. – England
  • The diversity of the topics and the standard of discussion. C.G. – England
  • The overview of the period etc combined with some great detail – I definitely feel I have learnt a lot. K.N. – England
  • Seeing art works first hand, with an expert to help take you through the experience. B.A. – England

 

 What are the most valuable characteristics of our lecturers?

  • Enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of the topic. C.M. – Spain
  • Very easy to understand; very friendly. M.T. – England
  • Easy to listen to with a quick pace and interesting delivery. Also very friendly and approachable which was great for me as I have never studied History of Art before. K.N. – England