The Art of the Renaissance in Florence and Rome

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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. Even today, Florence keeps an exceptional artistic heritage which provides marvellous evidence of its aged culture. This course offers students the opportunity to study the works of art from the Renaissance period, while staying in Florence.

Florence is the most marked example of Renaissance cities in Italy. Nowhere else in Italy does one find such a multitude of buildings and works of art from this period. Among these cultural highlights are the magnificent cathedral: Santa Maria del Fiore, churches that contain breathtaking frescocycli, renowned museums such as Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia, and impressive city-palaces for example, Palazzo Strozzi; Palazzo Rucellai; Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Medici Riccardi and the famous city hall, Palazzo Vecchio. The course also includes a day trip to Rome where you will visit the Vatican museum's, Sistine Chapel and the St Peter's Basilica and more!

The fundamental goals are to introduce you to the art and architecture of Florence in its historical context, and in doing so, to make you 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.

NB: Wish to combine this course with a Art course in the Netherlands? This course is part of the track 'History of Art: Relations between Italy and the Netherlands'. You can even extend this with a course in Berlin, in our track 'History of Art: A Thousand Years of European Highlights'.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Prof. dr. Michael Kwakkelstein


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

Study load

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 and one day in Rome.


Course fee:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:

Housing through: a third party.

Housing is mandatory in Florence. Your accommodation will be available to you from Sunday the 5th of July onward. Check in is between 12.00 noon and 20.00 PM.

More information

Prof. dr. Michael W. Kwakkelstein | T: +39 055 221612 | E:

For all questions related to the organisation of the course or housing please contact the Utrecht Summer School | E: | T: + 31 30 253 4400



Application deadline: 28 June 2020