A study of the famous masterpieces of Italian painting from the late Gothic (13th century) to the high Renaissance (16th century). We will read the writings that the artists themselves drew on as their inspiration, so that we’ll be able in the fullest, most knowledgeable way, to appreciate this great art. Our study and viewing will also include the great sculpture and architecture of these times.
Literally – without exaggeration – we will see the greatest masterpieces that are highest on everyone’s list of the “must-see”:
MICHELANGELO’s frescoes in the Vatican SISTINE CHAPEL;
his great statues in Rome and Florence, including the David;
the unrivaled collection of Italian painting in the Uffizi of Florence, including works by LEONARDO and BOTTICELLI: the amazing frescoes by GIOTTO in the Arena Chapel of Padova.
the magical city of Venice,
the churches of Florence,
the hauntingly beautiful medieval town of Assisi;
the Roman Forum and Colosseum. We are being allowed the special privilege of access to gorgeous sites not open to the public.
And then there’s all that wonderful Italian food at unforgettable restaurants that students in the past have raved about.
Senior Instructor, English Department
Ph.D. University of Virginia