The School provide a subsidy for PHAIS (Art History and ISC) students for this trip, but you will be responsible for covering any additional costs outside of this. Any students not on an PHAIS (Art History or ISC) course will be required to cover their own costs. Costs will differ each year depending on the destination and details for the trip.
Often described as the 'birthplace' of the Renaissance, the city of Florence remains today defined by the achievements of artists and architects working for public and private patrons in the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Transformations in artistic practices and representational forms will be related to specific social, political, economic, and cultural conditions. Along the way, we will examine the cultural production of some of the central figures working in Florence during the Renaissance, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Alberti, Masaccio, Ghiberti, Fra Angelico, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Pontormo, and Bronzino.
The trip will feature a mix of guided and independent visits to a range of museums, key buildings, and other cultural sites. The module will examine the rich and layered social, political, and cultural history of Florence during the late medieval and Renaissance periods, and interrogate the relationship between art, culture, politics, geography and religion as played out in and through the city itself. There will be an introductory session and two seminars in the Spring term and the trip itself will be in the Easter Vacation. Assessments will be due in the summer term.