Women and the Arts in Italy Field Trip to Bologna

Spring 2017

Saturday, January 21 ~ Field Trip for students enrolled in Women and the Arts in Italy.

Bologna is particularly interesting for the large number of women artists who lived and worked there in the Renaissance and later. The presence of the university and its encouragement of education seems to have fostered a more open-minded atmosphere as regards the intellectual and artistic development of women. Bologna’s first female artist is also the first important Italian female artist, and the only Italian artist ever to have been canonized: Saint Catherine Vigri. Students will visit Corpus Domini where the cloistered nuns have custody of Saint Catherine Virgi’s remains and see a painting of the infant Jesus by the artist. Students will also visit the Fountain of Neptune (Tomomaso Laurenti and Giambologna) in Piazza Maggiore, the church of San Petronio, which contains reliefs by the female sculptor Properzia de’ Rossi, the Museum in Palazzo Poggi, which includes the wax anatomical studies by Anna Morandi Manzolini together with her wax self-portrait holding a brain, the Pinacoteca Nazionale and the works by Lavinia Fontana and Elisabetta SiraniS. Domenico and the Chapel of the Rosary, the chapel where Elisabetta Sirani is bured next to Guido Reni, Santo Stefano, Santissima Trinita with Lavinia Fontana’s Birth of the Virgin, and Museo Davia Bargellini, with works by Lavinia Fontana and her father Prospero.