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The Art of Renaissance in Florence and Rome

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 1320
Bachelor level

Florence, originally founded by the Romans, was governed by the Medici family for centuries. Most of them had a passionate interest in painting, sculpture, architecture and literature. Still Florence keeps an exceptional artistic heritage which is a marvelous evidence of its aged culture. This course offers students the opportuntiy to learn about works of art from the renaissance period.

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Florence is the most marked example of Renaissance cities in Italy. Nowhere else in Italy does one find this multitude of buildings and works of art from this period. Among the cultural highlights is the magnificent cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), churches that contain breathtaking frescocycli, renowned museums (e.g. Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia), and impressive city-palaces (e.g. Palazzo Strozzi; Palazzo Rucellai; Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Medici Riccardi) and Palazzo Vecchio, the famous city hall. The course also includes a one-day trip to Rome.

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Students can arrive on Sunday 2 July between 12.00 (noon) and 20.00.

Tags: italian renaissance, florence, rome, antiquity, leonardo da vinci, michelangelom raphael, painting, sculpture, architecture, renaissance art in context, university institute for art history

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Prof. dr. Michael Kwakkelstein


prof. dr. Michael Kwakkelstein; Stefano Corazzini; dr. Klaas Tonckens; dr. Waldemar de Boer; prof. dr. Gert Jan van der Sman


Students with an interest in Italian Renaissance art.


The fundamental goals are to introduce students to the art and architecture of Florence in its historical context, and in doing so, to make them familiar with the origins, nature and development of the Renaissance in the visual arts. Mastery of basic concepts and terminology of art historical studies is another essential aspect of this course.


Class meetings (9:30-13:00) will be divided between illustrated lectures and discussions at the Institute, and guided visits on site in museums, churches and palaces of Florence. Day trip to Rome includes visits to the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel included), Saint Peters, other important churches and a city walk.


• € 1320 - Course + course materials + housing

All course materials, excursion tickets and accommodation are included in the fee.

Students who applied after April 1st will be housed in hotels in Florence, since the rooms within the institute are fully booked due to popularity of the course. The hotel accommodation will be close to the institute and there will be no extra costs (accommodation is included in the fee). There is no kitchen available to students who stay in the hotel accommodation.

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Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.


Prof. Michael W. Kwakkelstein, Ph.D.
T: +39 055 221612
E: kwakkelstein@nikiflorence.org

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Deadline for registration: 01 June 2017

Course fully booked