Florence is possibly the city in Italy most associated with the Renaissance. This two part program explores the city’s history, as well as the many great artists who originated there, including Giotto, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Dante, and Machiavelli. We also visit several sites around the city that display famous masterpieces, such as the Neptune fountain in the Piazza della Signoria, which was sculpted by Bartolomeo Ammanati and Giambologna, and the marble replica of David by Michelangelo.
Florence is possibly the city in Italy most associated with the Renaissance. This two part program explores the city’s history, as well as the many great artists who orginiated there, including Giotto, Michaelangelo, Botticelli, Dante, and Machiavelli. We also visit several sites around the city that display famous masterpieces, such as the Neptune fountain in the Piazza della Signoria, which was sculpted by Bartolomeo Ammanati and Giambologna, and the marble replica of David by Michaelangelo. The famous Duomo with its impossible dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1436n architectural feat well ahead of its timeouses important works by Pisano, Donatello, and Luca della Robbia. The Palazzo Vecchio was the home of the famous Medici family, a striking 13th century palace featuring lavishly decorated chambers and ornate courtyards. Frescoes by Vasari, paintings by Michaelangelo, Buonarroti, Donatello, and Verrochio, and statues by Cellini, Giambologna, and Pio Fedi serve to accentuate the architecture and gardens. The most famous museum in Florence is the Uffizi, an enormous museum with a vast collection. Finally, the Bargello National Museum houses one of the most important collections of Renaissance art in Italy. The collection includes masterpieces by Michaelangelo, sculptures by Donatello, including David, as well as works by Gemito, Sansovino, Giambologna, and Cellini.
Situated in the middle of the Tuscan countryside, Siena is the quintessential medieval city. During the Renaissance, artists including Duccio, Simone Martini and the brothers Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti developed a style of painting that became known as the Sienese School, which made a significant departure from traditional principles associated with the Italian Renaissance. Siena is home to the Duomo di Siena, one of the oldest Gothic churches in Italy. In addition to the sumptuous fa蓷de and interiors, the church houses works of art by Donatello, Bernini, Michelangelo, and Nicola Pisano, among others. The Palazzo Pubblico is a civil building, whose construction started in the 13th century and was completed in the 14th. The crown was designed by painter Lippo memmi and the building houses a large collection of frescoes, the most famous of which is a three-panel series by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.
Venice is our destination in this program. One of the most iconic features of Venice is it’s Grand Canal, the central waterway, and highway, of the city, lined with over a hundred palaces spanning five centuries of architecture. Another famous landmark, the Piazza San Marco, also is home to the Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace. Not only a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture and the heart of political, judicial and administrative life during its time, it is now a museum where visitors can view the duke’s apartments, as well as the armory and prison. Ca’ Rezzonico is an 18th century museum, a former palace filled with paintings by Longhi, Canaletto, and Tiepolo, as well as fine furnishings. The most complete collection of Renaissance paintings in Venice may be found at the Gallerie dell’Accademia, where masterpieces by Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini, Giorgione, Veronese, da Vinci and more are on display. Scuola Grande di San Rocco is an ornate 16th century art museum dedicated to the works of the dramatic Renaissance artist Tintoretto. Finally, the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro features antiquities as well as art by Titian and van Dyck in its ornate, 15th century palace.
In this program, we visit Rome, a city rich in monuments and museums. The Villa Borghese was built in the 17th century, and houses many paintings, sculptures, and antiques. The collection includes paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, and Veronese and many sculptures by Bernini. The Vatican Museums testify to the former political, economic, and cultural importance of the Vatican in the Catholic world. The museums house treasures from Giotto, Fra Angelico, Perugino, da Vinci, and Raphael. Most famous is the Sistine Chapel with its exquisite fresco by Michaelangelo. The Doria Pamphili Gallery possesses one of the richest private art collections in Rome with paintings by Lorain, Raphael, Velquez, Caravaggio, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, and Titian, as well as a bust of Pamphili sculptured by Bernini.