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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.