Florence was the birthplace of Renaissance art. While staying in the heart of this medieval city, students will have an opportunity to explore the artistic, historical, and cultural milieu into which Renaissance art was born and where Raphael, Michalangelo, and da Vinci worked side by side. The notion of artistic genius began in Florence, and the level of creativity in this small city changed art forever. Museum visits within the city and field trips to Siena and San Gimignano will allow students to study masterpieces of art close up and where they were meant to be seen.
- The development of humanism and how it influences the arts
- The role of patronage in the Renaissance arts
- Renaissance architecture and perspective
- The development of sculpture and its influence upon painting
- The masters of the 1400s - Masaccio, Uccello, Botticelli, della Francesca
- Secularization of art and a changed status for the artist
- The High Renaissance and the rivalry between da Vinci and Michelangelo
- Mannerism: breaking up Renaissance space
"Florence, the birthplace of genius"
Faculty: Dr. John S. Nolan, e-mail email@example.com
May apply toward upper- or lower-level credit for art history, humanities, Italian studies, or electives.
Tentative Course Itinerary
Day 1 (Saturday)
|1200||Class meets at the Hotel Giada|
Room assignments and light lunch
Introduction to the class requirements
Visit to San Miniato
Day 2 (Sunday)
|0830||Baptistry, Laurentian Library, Bargello, and Cathedral Museum|
|1345-1545||Lecture at the hotel|
|1615||Entry to Brancacci Chapel|
Day 3 (Monday)
|0900||Cathedral, Orsanmichele Museum (architecture), Piazza Signoria, Sta Croce, and Pazzi Chapel|
|1330-1700||Lecture at hotel|
|1700||Ospedale degli Innocenti and SS Annunziata|
Day 4 (Tuesday)
|0745||Departure to Siena: Duomo, Opera, Baptistry, and "Crypt", and Town Hall|
San Gimignano: Town Hall and Collegiate
|1830||Return to Florence|
Day 5 (Wednesday)
|0900||Palazzo Rucellai, Sta Maria Novella and Cloister (painting), Sta Trinita, and Sta Felicita|
|1630||First visit to the Uffizi|
Review sheets distributed
Day 6 (Thursday)
|0900||Davanzati Palace, S. Apollonia, S. Marco, and Sta. M. Magdalena|
|1200-1400||Lunch and climb the dome|
|1600||Pal. Medici and Chapel of the Magi, Accademia|
Day 7 (Friday)
|0900||San Lorenzo Complex and Medici Chapels, Sta Spirito, and Palazzo Pitti (optional)|
|1615||Review visit to the Uffizi|
|1930||Conclusions and review lecture|
Day 8 (Saturday)
|0900-1030||Review and question period|
Accommodation and Transportation
For your convenience, UMUC coordinates the hotel and excursion arrangements for a flat fee of $650 per student per field study course. This fee will be charged to your student account and covers seven nights of lodging (double occupancy room), as well as local transportation costs and entry to all excursions. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee of $200.
The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. Students must make their own travel arrangements to the course.
Textbooks and Course Materials
Please refer to the current course syllabus found on the schedule for details about course materials.
You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMUC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMUC Field Study Office at CIV +49-(0)631-534-800, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before completing your travel plans, please verify with your local program coordinator or the Field Study Office at UMUC Europe Headquarters that the course will be held as scheduled. If you drop/withdraw from a field study course after the registration deadline, you will be charged a fee of $100.