Dawn of the Renaissance

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This course covers the dramatic awakening of Italian art during the 14th century, particularly in the vibrant, independent city republics of Florence and Siena. Against a backdrop of rapid economic growth, turbulent political change, famine and war, artists such as Cimabue, Giotto, Arnolfo di Cambio, Andrea Pisano, Orcagna, Duccio, Simone Martini and Ambrogio Lorenzetti skilfully catered to new contemporary religious, cultural and political aspirations, forging a new style drawn from both classical antiquity as well as northern European Gothic. Their pioneering work throughout Italy marks the start of the dominant figurative tradition in Western European art and architecture that reigned until the late 19th century. Our 2017 programme features lectures, visits and workshops led by the following members of the British Institute of Florence History of Art Teaching Team: Jason Arkles MA; Kate Bolton-Porciatti MPhil; Jeremy Boudreau MA; Anna-Marie Hilling MA; Lisa Kaborycha PhD; Alexandra Lawrence MA; Caterina Romei MA; Paola Vojnovic MA.

 

 

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Sessions are held on weekday afternoons, with the occasional morning or Saturday session to accommodate limited opening times at specific sites. Students may enrol for the full month, by week or by individual session. 

 

COURSE FEE
€ 750
 
THREE WEEKS
€ 650
 
TWO WEEKS
€ 450
 
ONE WEEK
€ 240
 
SELECTED SESSIONS
€ 50
 

 

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


 

View meeting points for course visits and further sites of interest:

 


 

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Access course notes and slides below (available for enrolled students):

 

NOTES AND SLIDES
WEEK 1
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WEEK 2
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WEEK 3
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What are the most valuable aspects of this course?

 

It was very exciting to hear about the Giotto’s crucifix from one that actually restored it!! (…) The staff of the Institute is extremely kind and welcoming.

H.C. – England

 

The course is very well structured, with the topics linking together very clearly. Across the programme, very clean key issues and themes have emerged which have been clearly emphasized in a variety of different ways. This meant that by the end, I really felt I had gained a good breadth and depth of understanding. The outings are fantastic. It’s really valuable to have discussed something in class and then see it in reality, with someone who can answer your questions. I also felt that this helps create a lovely camaraderie among the class, as we share our delight and understanding of what we’re visiting.

S.D. – Israel

 

What are the most valuable characteristics of our lecturers?

 

Their knowledge of their subject; their enthusiasm; their willingness to share their knowledge and experience; they truly care about us AND OUR experience.

M. T. – United States

 

It is obvious that they are all have done a lot of study and research but what was getting us all more involved is the passion and enthusiasm they had.

O.W. – Israel

 

Love the passion.

C.T. – Singapore