High Renaissance Field Trip to Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Certosa di Galluzzo, and Palazzo Vecchio
Saturday, April 1 ~ High Renaissance Field Trip to Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Certosa di Galluzzo, and Palazzo Vecchio.
MORNING: Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum near Piazza S. Marco, for a study of this Florentine craft important in the Maniera and the Baroque periods here, to the Capponi Chapel in S. Felicità with famous paintings by Pontormo considered by many to be his masterpiece, and to the Palazzo Vecchio with focus on its Maniera decoration, hopefully including a special visit inside the Studiolo of Francesco I, a fascinating alchemy study (not open to groups of students during our regular class time); another highlight in Palazzo Vecchio will be the Chapel of Eleonor of Toledo frescoed by Bronzino, Pontormo's pupil and adopted son. Students will also see Michelangelo's Victory intended for the Tomb of Pope Julius II. students will in addition discuss the Maniera sculpture in Piazza Signoria.
AFTERNOON: Certosa di Galluzzo, an important Carthusian monastery south of Florence, where students will be studying especially Pontormo's frescoes in the large cloister. These are some of the most original works of the early Mannerist period.