Early Renaissance Field trip to Siena and San Gimignano for Art History students ~ with Helen Watterson.
This field trip acquaints students with major works of Gothic architecture, sculpture, and painting in Siena, including the Cathedral, Campo, and Palazzo Pubblico, Nicola Pisano's pulpit in the Cathedral, Giovanni Pisano's facade sculpture from the Cathedral, Duccio's great altarpiece the Maestà in the Cathedral Museum, and in the Palazzo Pubblico Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Good and Bad Government frescoes, as well as Simone Martini’s Maestà, together with the fresco representing Guido Riccio da Fogliano once considered a masterpiece by Simone Martini but now regarded as most probably a much later repainting. In Siena students will also see famous Renaissance works such as the sculpture and reliefs by Donatello, Ghiberti, and Jacopo della Quercia on the Baptismal Font of the Cathedral, and the frescoes illustrating the life of Pope Pius II by Pinturicchio in the Piccolomini Library next to the Cathedral. The afternoon will be devoted to lovely S. Gimignano, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Italy, famous for its house-towers of the 12th and 13th centuries. Details to be announced.