In October, UGA Cortona Fall 2017 students and faculty traveled by train to Firenze for a four-day excursion. The trip began with a walking tour of the city, with stops at Piazza San Marco, Piazza SS. Annunziata, and the Piazza del Duomo di Firenze, location of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Battistero di San Giovanni. 

UGA Cortona students tour Firenze
UGA Cortona students and faculty arrive at the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Firenze. Photo: Jeff Curto.

From there, Art History Professor Jennifer Griffiths led the group on an extensive exploration of the Galleria degli Uffizi, which houses one of the world’s most important collections of Italian Renaissance art.

UGA Cortona students and faculty at the Uffizi
At the Galleria degli Uffizi, students and faculty view Piero della Francesca’s Doppio ritratto dei duchi di Urbino. Photo: Jeff Curto.

Professor C. James Meyer and his students visited the Alchimia contemporary jewelry school, where they learned how a contemporary school specializing in Jewelry and Metalwork uses Firenze’s historic tradition to inform the contemporary practice of their craft.

UGA Cortona student and professor
Professor C. James Meyer and a student review the metals collection at the Museo Nazionale del Bargello. Photo: Jeff Curto.

Professor Katelin Medvedev’s Fashion Merchandising students kept a busy itinerary, first touring the Ferragamo Museum, and then visiting the Palazzo Pitti to view a special exhibition at its Costume Gallery.

UGA Cortona students visit the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery
UGA Cortona Fashion Merchandising students visit the Costume Gallery at the Palazzo Pitti.

They also traveled to nearby Prato, which is an important location in the history of Italian textiles, and a contemporary production center for the Italian garment industry. There they toured the Museo del Tessuto, a museum dedicated to Prato’s cultural and industrial history.

UGA Cortona students visit Prato
Professor Katelin Medvedev leads her Fashion Merchandising students through the Museo del Tessuto in Prato.

The entire UGA Cortona group visited both the Museo Nazionale del Bargello and the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Firenze’s greatest sculptural works, including two world-renowned representations of David, an important symbol of the city: Donatello’s David (c. 1440) in the Bargello, and Michelangelo’s David (1501-04) in the Accademia.

UGA Students view Donatello's David
UGA Cortona students meet David twice, first, Donatello’s version...
UGA Cortona students view Michelangelo's David
...then the big guy, by Michelangelo.