Art history courses with Centro Machiavelli in Florence

Centro Machiavelli in Florence offers a great variety of art history courses as a complement to the Italian courses. The journey through the history of art is designed as a lecture, enlivened by slide shows, literature and theme related city tours and discovery visits with art works on site. For students who meet for the first time studying art history, a 2-hour orientation session is provided. The lessons are taught by dedicated, well trained instructors with an official city guide of Florentine approval.

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From the Middle ages to the early Renaissance

8 hours of one to one classroom lessons and guided visits:

  • Historical introduction to the middle ages.
  • Medieval man.
  • Great changes which occur in society: the passage from rural life to urbanization. The great need for spirituality, the conception of the world and the hereafter during this time.
  • The construction of the cathedrals.
  • The mendicant orders.
  • Public buildings.
  • Mercantile relations with the Arab world.
  • Historic, social, economic, and philosophical changes that lead to the birth of the new man.
  • Giotto, Cosimo il Vecchio, Brunellesci, Donatello, Masaccio and the workshop of Ghiberti.

From early Renaissance to late Renaissance

6 hours of one to one classroom lessons and 4 guided visits.

  • The different artistic languages that characterize the Florentine scene.
  • The artists who follow the most radical and innovative movement … that of Masaccio, Brunelleschi and Donatello.
  • The members of a traditional movement of the late 1400’s and the movement of the moderate artists, or those who approached innovation cautiously.
  • The other pole of the artistic renewal … The Flemish and their renaissance.
  • The other centers of the Italian Renaissance amongst which Urbino and Piero della Francesca.
  • The artistic scene in Florence at the end of the 1500’s.
  • The great workshops: those of Verrocchio, of the Pollaiolos and of the della Robbias.
  • The art of Botticelli, an interpreter of the culture and refined renaissance. An expression of a society that was by then in decline — and that saw in Lorenzo il Magnifico its political and intellectual representative.

 The Cinquecento

6 hours of one to one classroom lessons and 4 guided visits.

  • Painting in Venice: the affirmation of ‘tonal’ painting.
  • Giorgione and Titian and the alternative choices of Sebastiano del Piombo, the artist who united the innovations of of Giorgione and Titian’s painting with the the reflection on ancient art.
  • Painting in Venice during the second half of the Cinquecento: Bassano, Tintoretto, Veronese.
  • Leonardo da Vinci: from Florentine beginnings to the Milan season.
  • Leonardo, man of science who expresses the most ancient values of humanism.
  • Michelangelo, from Florentine beginnings to the great season in Rome.
  • Michelangelo: painter, sculptor, architect and poet.
  • The great works of Michelangelo for the Medici.
  • Raffaello, from the beginnings in the workshop of Perugino to the stay in Florence and to the great season in Rome.

Mannerist Art

4 hours of one to one classroom lessons and 6 guided visits.

  • The great inheritance of Raffaello, Michelangelo and Leonardo.
  • The diffusion of a classical movement and of a mannerist one.
  • The great characters … of Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino, Daniele da Volerra, Andrea del Sarto.
  • Refined and cultured art at the court of Cosimo de Medici and in the other European courts.
  • Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza Signoria: Gianbologna, Cellini and Ammanati.
  • Boboli Gardens: extraordinary example of the Italian garden, result of a refined and intellectual society as was that of the second half of the Cinquecento.

The Seicento

6 hours of one to one classroom lessons and 4 guided visits.

  • Rome at the beginning of the Seicento: capital of the catholic restoration.
  • The protagonists of the renovation of painting in Rome: Caravaggio, from the Lombard beginnings to the season in Rome, Caracci, from the Academy in Bologna to Rome.
  • Genre Painting. the naturalist movement and the classical movement.
  • Caravaggio and his influence.
  • The great Baroque art of Rome and the painting of the 17th century in the rest of Europe: Bernini, Borromini, Pietro da Cortona, Rubens …
  • Florentine painting of the 17th century.

For further information visit: http://www.centromachiavelli.org/

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