‘Art & Architecture in Renaissance Italy’ Category

Art & Architecture in Renaissance Italy (Betsy Byers, Instructor)


Our time in Italy is coming to an end. The images above are taken from the interior of the baptistery in Florence, a surprise hail storm by the Arno River, views from Orsanmichele and our beautiful day in Pisa. This weekend was gorgeous weather. Matt and I had all of the students to our apartment […]

Please enjoy images from our weekend in Venice. The allure of Venice exists largely due to its context as a port city. In its architecture, streets and its paintings cultures mingle to create an identity that is unique to the Venetian lagoon. The juxtaposition to Florence’s culture is stunning (Florence being inland and looking largely […]

Weekend In Venice

On January 18th the group traveled by train from Florence to the town of Venice. At approximately 8:30 a.m. the train departed from the train station and began the three-hour journey through the countryside and mountains. The weather was not rainy, after continuous rainfall for several days, but partly cloudy and calm. Numerous group members […]

A Journey Through the Uffizi

On Thursday our class explored the world renowned Uffizi art gallery.  This museum was established by the last heir to the Medici dynasty and was opned in 1765 to the public.  Before that time the building served as the central offices for the administrators of Florence and stands between Palazzo Vecchio and the Arno river, which is […]

Some images from Florence and Siena

Please enjoy looking at a few images from the past three days. We have explored Siena,  toured the Renaissance palaces of Florence and the Uffizi. Tomorrow, we travel to Venice!

Our Day in Arezzo

On Monday we started our day with an hour-long train ride to the small town of Arezzo. Together we explored the beautiful Basilica of San Francesco and its altar frescoes painted by Pierro della Francesca. The incredible colors and details of the frescoes were awe-inspiring, and we enjoyed learning the story of the True Cross […]

  Florence and Arezzo   We arrived in Florence on Friday.  Recognizing the importance of religion and politics during the Renaissance, we began our stay in Florence with visits to the geographic centers of both in the city:  first to the Palazzo Vecchio and second to Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo).   We concluded Saturday […]

Investigating Classical Art and Architecture

January 13, 2013 Current location: Florence, Italy By: Jaan and Brenna This morning we started our adventures with a visit and tour of San Marco. It was quite interesting to see where the monks resided and also experience the differences between the frescoes painted for the public and those painted for in the sleeping rooms […]

Classical Art’s Influence on the Renaissance

Yesterday began with a discussion led by students, Maggie, Meredith, and Nicole. They discussed classical art and architecture that influenced the Renaissance period. Students were led in several thought provoking questions that encouraged discussion in the group as a whole. We started with individual journal entries on our prior knowledge in relation to classical art. […]

Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in two days!

We have been busy the past two days in Rome. Yesterday, we studied ancient Rome by visiting the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Capitoline Museums. Today, we focused on the historical impact of classical Rome on Renaissance artists beginning with the Proto-Renaissance “Stefaneschi Triptych” by Giotto and ending in the Sistine Chapel with works by  a […]