Modern Florence

Weekday Afternoons

15:00-16:30* Local Italian / Central European Time (CET)

 

08 MAR - 02 APR 2021 07 JUN - 02 JUL 2021 01 NOV - 26 NOV 2021

 

MODERN FLORENCE examines the fascinating, lesser-known currents of Florentine art after the Renaissance. Through the patronage of later Medici and Lorraine Grand Dukes, Florence became a highlight of the Grand Tour, and home to a dazzling array of foreign aesthetes, bohemians and aristocrats, paving the way for Florence’s brief elevation to capital of the newly unified Kingdom of Italy. Despite the devastating 20th-century events of war and flood, Florence preserved a dynamic cultural and social milieu for artists and visitors, rising once again to become the global destination we know today.

 

June Online Programme

 

 

 

 MON 

07

JUN

15:00

 

Introduction to Modern Florence, led by Jeremy Boudreau, will establish the scope and contents of the course with a survey of Florence's many faces during the Grand Tour, Italian Unification, the World Wars and the close of the millennium.

 

 

  TUE  

08

JUN

15:00

 

Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici: Mater Patriae, led by Lisa Kaborycha, will introduce the extraordinary legacy of one of the final members of the Medici Dynasty: Palatine Electress Anna Maria Lusia. Through her forsight and leadership the treasures amassed by her predecessors were entrusted to the city and the state, ensuring Florence would remain an artistic capital to this day.

 

 

WED

09

JUN

15:00

 

The Galleria degli Uffizi in the Eighteenth Century, led by Caterina Romei, will consider the role of the Uffizi collections in the formation of Grand Tour culture and its early example of the nascient discipline of museology.

 

 

 THU 

10

JUN

15:00

 

Music and the Performing Arts in Florence, led by Kate Bolton-Poctiatti, will examine the patronage of Grand Prince Ferdinando de' Medici via a survey of the historical instruments today in the Museo di Strumenti Musicali in Florence.

   

 

  FRI  

11

JUN

15:00

 

Memoirs of the Grand Tourists in Florence, led by Lisa Kaborycha, will explore the lives and relationships of the Anglo-American Grand Tourists with the aid of selections of their travel writing, letters and diaries.

   
 

 

 MON 

14

JUN

15:00

 

Neoclassicism in Florence and Tuscany, led by Jason Arkles, will illustrate the impact of changing intellectual and political ideologies on the practice of academic and official state sculpture in the late 18th- early 19th centuries.

 

 

  TUE  

15

JUN

15:00

 

Tuscan Expeditions to Asia and Africa, led by Jeremy Boudreau, will chart the formation of Florence's archeological and anthopological collections thanks to the ambitions and misadventures of local explorers, scientists and collectors.

 

WED

16

JUN

15:00

 

The Galleria d'Arte Moderna at Palazzo Pitti, led by Agata Chrzanowska, will introduce the major stylistic currents and peronalities of 19th-century Tuscan painting through a virtual tour of the Modern Art Gallery at Palazzo Pitti.

 

 

 THU 

17

JUN

15:00

 

Florentine Sculpture in the Age of Lorenzo Bartolini, led by Jason Arkles, will present the life and works of one of Florence's most important sculptors of the 19th century, Lorenzo Bartolini, from both stylistic and technical standpoints.

 

  FRI  

18

JUN

15:00

 

Giuseppe Bezzuoli and Academic Romanticism, led by Jeremy Boudreau, will consider the carreer and influnce of Giuseppe Bezzuoli on artists of the Accademia delle Belle Arti in the period following the Napoleonic occuptaion.

   
 

 

 MON 

21

JUN

15:00

 

Florentine Painting in the Age of Telemaco Signorini, led by Caterina Romei, will focus on father and son painters Giovanni and Telemacco Signorini to investigate painting's role in the formation of modern Italian identity.

 

 

  TUE  

22

JUN

15:00

 

Giuseppe Poggi and Firenze Capitale, led by Jeremy Boudreau, will examine the renovations of the historic centre and the urban planning and expansion of Florence by Giuseppe Poggi.

 

 

WED

23

JUN

15:00

 

Florentine Liberty Style in the Age of Galileo Chini, led by Caterina Romei, will focus on the life of painter and founder of the Chini ceramic factory Galileo Chini: leading proponent of the Liberty style in Italy

 

 

 THU 

24

JUN

15:00

 

The Fratelli Alinari and Early Photography in Florence, led by Agata Chrzanowska, will explore the science and business of photography studios through the example of the Alinari family of Florence.

 

 

  FRI  

25

JUN

15:00

 

Baccio Maria Bacci and Florentine Futurism, led by Jeremy Boudreau, will examine the life and times of Baccio Maria Bacci, including early futurist works and his masterful fresco cycle for the sanctuary at La Verna.

   

 

 MON 

28

JUN

15:00

 

Florentine Fashion in the Age of Emilio Pucci, led by Caterina Romei, will investigate the birth of the fashion industry in Florence and its development across Italy from the fascist era through the 1970s.

 

  TUE  

29

JUN

15:00

 

November 4th 1966: The Arno Unleashed, led by Laura Fenelli, will appraise the damage visited on museums and churches in the 1966 flood, along with the heroic efforts of residents and volunteers to clean up the mess.

 

WED

30

JUN

15:00

 

Arte Povera and Neo-expressionism in Florence, led by Jeremy Boudreau, will survey the major personalities of Art Povera with particular attention given to the movement's reception in Florence and Tuscany.

 

 THU 

01

JUL

15:00

 

The Museum and Foundation of Franco Zeffirelli, led by Jeremy Boudreau, will trace the carreer of local artist, director and senator Franco Zeffirelli and the formation of his foundation and museum in Florence.

 

  FRI  

02

JUL

15:00

 

Making Connections with Modern Florence, led by Jeremy Boudreau, will offer a concluding selection of monuments and movements which to compare and contrast the emplyoment of modern art and architecture in Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Oceania.

 

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