Early Renaissance Field Trip to Arezzo, Sansepolcro, Monterchi, Assisi, and Urbino

Spring 2017

Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12 ~ Early Renaissance Field trip to Arezzo, Sansepolcro, Monterchi, Assisi, and Urbino.

On this trip students will study important paintings by Piero della Francesca in Arezzo, Sansepolcro, and Monterchi. Piero della Francesca was one of the greatest painters of the early Renaissance; he was also an expert in mathematics and geometry, fields integrated brilliantly with his paintings in new and unique ways. One of the highlights of this trip will be Urbino. Urbino is one of the most outstanding and beautiful Renaissance cities, and it provides an interesting parallel to Florence. The Ducal Palace there, built for the humanist patron Federico da Montefeltro, is considered one of the finest examples of early Renaissance architecture; it houses the National Gallery of the Marches with renowned works by Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Raphael, and others. Urbino was also the birthplace of Raphael and Bramante and as such likewise provides a background to the High Renaissance. Students will also visit Assisi, especially the basilica of S. Francesco with its great Gothic fresco cycles by Tuscan and Roman artists.