Students visited the Uffizi Gallery, Barghello Musuem and Galleria dell’Accademia in order to view first hand many of the paintings and sculptures studied on their course, including Michelangelo’s David, Cellini’s bronze statue of Perseus in the Loggia dei Lanzi and many other sixteenth-century masterpieces by Raphael, Agnolo Bronzino and Michelangelo.
The trip also included visits to the magnificent Florence Cathedral with its famous dome designed by Brunelleschi as well as churches, basilicas and chapels (including the Santa Felicita and Santa Croce), to view religious sculpture, paintings and altarpieces. There was also plenty of opportunity to experience the Florentine culture and spend time in the Piazzo della Signoria, the location of Giambologna’s Hercules and Cacus statue, still competing with the reconstruction of Michelangelo’s David in the square.
Here are what some of the students said about their visit:
“I really enjoyed looking around the Uffizi Gallery. A painting that really caught my eye was Bronzino’s Eleanora of Toledo.”
“Really loved being able to see all the work we’ve studied up close. The Uffizi Gallery was brilliant, full of amazing pieces – could have spent all day there.”
“It was great to see works to study in real life and to be able to stand in front of them and discuss them.”