Encountering The Renaissance

All classes, both in Florence, Italy, and in Syracuse, New York, are seminars led by internationally recognized scholars and conservators and provide the necessary analytical tools and practical skills for the study of Italian Renaissance art. Students explore art historical literature and historiography, Renaissance history, the collection and display of art, patronage, iconography, sources and documents, artistic techniques, and conservation. Especially in Florence, the program encourages an object-based approach: students examine art and architecture on site and in conservation studios and laboratories, in museums, as well as original documents in archives.

Study in Florence

The SU Florence campus is a fifteen-minute walk from the Duomo, the cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore located in the center of Florence. SUF is one of the oldest and largest U.S. campuses in Italy and is fully up-to-date in terms of its computing facilities and wireless network. Graduate students in the history of art program have their own study in the Villino and all graduate courses are held on site or in smart classrooms. In addition to the SUF library, which is specialized in art history and has over 12,000 volumes, students have access to some of the finest libraries in the world for the study of Italian Renaissance art and history, including those at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, the Berenson Library at Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti, the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento at Palazzo Strozzi, and the Biblioteca Nazionale

Conducting research at these and other institutions, and attending lectures, conferences, and other events held in Florence, provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to meet members of the international scholarly community and participate in and contribute to the lively intellectual life of the city. In their courses, students learn from museum directors, explore exhibitions with curators, and visit conservation projects.