Medieval Florence

Weekday Afternoons / Evenings

 15:00-16:30 / 18:00-19:30 (CET)

 

MEDIEVAL FLORENCE covers the artistic awakening that took place in Florence during the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Against a backdrop of rapid economic growth, turbulent political change, famine and war, artists including Cimabue, Arnolfo di Cambio, Giotto, Andrea Pisano, Bernardo Daddi, Orcagna, Andrea di Buonaiuto, Taddeo and Agnolo Gaddi skilfully catered to new contemporary religious, cultural and political aspirations, forging a new style and marking the beginning of the dominant figurative tradition in Western European art.

 

January 2022 Programme

 (This programme is provisional and subject to revision)

 

 

MON

10

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Introduction to Medieval Florence (Blended Lecture) This lecture will establish the scope and contents of the course with a survey of Florence's major artistic personalities and movements during the Middle Ages.

  

TUE

11

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Foundations of Florence Historical Walk (Visit Only) This visit will offer an historical and topographical introduction to Florence, from its establishment as a Roman castrum in 59 BCE through to its earliest fortifications, churches and civic palaces in the Middle Ages.
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Zooming in on Matilda of Tuscany (Online only)

  

WED

12

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Paleo-Christian Florence (Blended Lecture) This lecture will examine the major iconographic vocabulary of pagan and Paleo-Christian art employed and revisited in medieval painting and sculpture in Florence.

  

THU

13

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 San Miniato al Monte (Visit Only) San Miniato al Monte, constructed in the 11th century to house the relics of Florence’s first Christian martyr, towers over the city from the Mons Fiorentinus. The basilica, one of the most remarkable early Romanesque buildings in Florence, combines a unique understanding of classical and early Christian architectural forms with the profound influence of Byzantine liturgy and Islamic ornamentation. Discussion will focus on Archbishop Hildebrand’s patronage and the defensive and symbolic nature of the site. The visit will encompass a range of different artistic techniques including fresco, mosaic, marble inlay, panel painting, stained glass and sculpture. It will conclude with an examination of the basilica’s sacristy, frescoed in the 1380s by Spinello Aretino with scenes from the Life of St Benedict. These frescoes provided models of behaviour for the Olivetan monks who resided at San Miniato.
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Zooming in on San Galgano (Online only)

  

FRI

14

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Florentine Saints and Relics (Blended Lecture) This lecture will introduce the earliest principal religious figures of the medieval city with particular attention given to Saints Minias and Zenobius of Florence.

 

MON

17

JAN
  •  15:00 - 16:30 Dugento Florence: Rise of the Comune (Blended Lecture) This lecture will consider the age of the popular commune from 1200-1290, a period rife with violence and factionalism in Florence. While feudalism still dominated most of Europe, Florence was one of the small, spirited city-states of Italy that invented a political structure, from which nobles were excluded, and citizens—artisans, tradesmen, and merchants—were elected to public office, a form of representative self-government unheard-of in its time.

  

TUE

18

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Visit Only) This visit will identify the remnants and vestiges of the earliest decorative programmes of the Florentine Cathedral and bell tower located today in the collections of the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Zooming in on Medieval Venice (Online only) 

 

WED

19

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Dugento Painting in Florence (Blended Lecture) This lecture will chart the evolution of local icon production, thanks largely to still anonymous masters, and the earliest documentation of fresco painters in the Tuscan communes.

 

THU

20

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Battistero di San Giovanni (Visit Only) This visit will investigate the role of Florence's Baptistery in the city's earliest founding myths, as well as its influential decorative programmes of mosaic and its earliest portal sculptures.
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Zooming in on Medieval Rome (Online only) 

 

FRI

21

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Medieval Soundscape (Blended Lecture) This lecture will introduce the traditions of music making and plainchant associated with monastic communities in the Middle Ages.

 

MON

24

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Gothic Sculpture in the Age of Arnolfo (Blended Lecture) This lecture will consider the profession, tools and techniques of the medieval marble sculptor, with emphasis on the circle of Arnolfo di Cambio will consider the profession of the Medieval sculptor, the transition from the Romanesque style to the Gothic, and the philosophical seeds of Renaissance sculpture which bore early fruit in the work of Arnolfo di Cambio.

 

TUE

25

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Museo di Palazzo Vecchio (Visit Only) Access to this site requires EU Green Pass or proof of vaccination from non-EU countries. In the case of museum closures, the evening online lesson will replace this off/site activity.
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Zooming in on Medieval Assisi (Online only) 

 

WED

26

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Gothic Painting in the Age of Giotto (Blended Lecture) This lecture will explore the lives and legacies of late 13th-century Florentine painters including Cimabue, Giotto di Bondone and their contemporaries.

 

THU

27

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Santa Maria Novella (Visit Only) This visit will survey the major decorative programmes of the Dominican basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Florence produced both before and after the 1349 Black Death.
  •  18:00 - 19:30 Zooming in on Medieval Naples (Online only)

 

FRI

28

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Popular Religion in Trecento Florence (Blended Lecture) This lecture will explore the dynamic interaction of popular tradition with religious doctrine in Trecento Tuscany, as expressed in art, with particular attention to the influence of the mendicant orders, widely-circulated hagiographies such as Jacopus de Voragine’s Golden Legend, as well as evidence from the customs, devotional objects of real-life men and women.

 

MON

31

JAN
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Art, Politics and Pestilence in Trecento Florence (Blended Lecture)  This lecture will examine the dramatic changes in Florentine society, culture, and politics from 1348 to 1378. From its vigorous response to the Black Death and its aftermath - an unprecedented urban workers' rebellion known as the Ciompi Revolt - the Florentine guild government demonstrated a resilience and ability for finding creative solutions that would herald the birth of the Renaissance.

 

TUE

01

FEB
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Galleria degli Uffizi (Visit Only) Access to this site requires EU Green Pass or proof of vaccination from non-EU countries. In the case of museum closures, the evening online lesson will replace this off/site activity.
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Zooming in on Medieval Verona (Online only) 

 

WED

02

FEB
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Post-Black Death Art in Florence and Tuscany (Blended Lecture) This lecture will investigate what happened to Florentine and Tuscan painting after the traumatic events of the plagues: A rise in devotion to miraculous images, novel iconography, and a renewed attention to the decoration of family chapels.

 

THU

03

FEB
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Church and Museum of Santa Croce (Visit Only) This visit will survey the major decorative programmes of the Franciscan basilica of Santa Croce in Florence produced both before and after the 1349 Black Death.
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Zooming in on Medieval Padova (Online only) 

 

FRI

04

FEB
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Making Connections with Medieval Florence (Blended Lecture) This lecture will offer a concluding selection of monuments and movements with which to compare and contrast the employment of medieval art and architecture in Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Oceania.

 

 

 

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