Italian Renaissance Culture Courses

Day 1: Outline of the course and verification of students' knowledge of the history and art history of the period.

Day 2: The first protagonists of the Renaissance and their works in Architecture (Leon Battista, Alberti, Brunelleschi), Painting (Massaccio, Beato Angelico) and Sculpture (Donatello).

Day 3: Comparison of two courts: the Urbino of Montefeltro depicted by Piero della Francesca, and the Mantova of the Gonzagas and their official artist Andrea Mantegna.

Day 4: Florence during the Renaissance: the beginning of the Modern Style and Leonardo - architect, sculptor, scientist, painter, inventor of the technique of "sfumato", and herald of the conquest of modern technique.

Day 5: The personalities of Michelangelo and Raffaello; from the tormented and dramatic sculptures of the first to the high renaissance interpretation of the cult of beauty of the second.

Day 6: Development of the Renaissance in Venice in the1500's - Giorgione's sense of color, the later works of Giovanni Bellini and the beginnings of Tiziano.

Day 7: Florence and the crisis of 1530; painters in Tuscany during the first decades of the century - Pontormo and Beccafumi; the era of Pope Clement VII in Rome.

Day 8: The Style Crisis and the diffusion of a new, artistic language; the architect and painter Giulio Romano - the Palazzo del Tè in Mantova.

Day 9: Venice and the Veneto region at the end of the 1500's: the last works of Tiziano; Tintoretto's persistent search for light; the classical architecture and majestic villas of Palladio.

Day 10: End of the 1500's, beginning of the 1600's; the maximum expression of light and naturalism in painting; the artistic revolution of Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio.

Bibliographic materials:

  • L'Arte del costruire. Libro dello studente. Italiano per stranieri
  • Parte 1 Architettura e urbanistica; Parte 3 Schede di lavoro
  • Bonacci Editore, Roma, 1995
  • Vecchi, E. Cerchiari, Arte nel tempo, vol. 2, I e II tomo. Bompiani editore, 1999
  • Art Dossier, Giunti Editore

Audiovisual materials:

  • Il Rinascimento. Tra arte, architettura e potere. DVD Video
  • Leonardo da Vinci. Il genio del Rinascimento. DVD Video
  • Botticelli. Il pittore della grazia. DVD Video

Italian Language Courses in Montepulciano, Italy: Course Guide.

Montepulciano Language Courses We want you to be able to speak, read, understand and write in Italian as quickly as possible, which is important for you. Our trainers understand various teaching methods which are used to insure your utmost success.

We offer Italian courses on seven different course levels: After filling out our Italian Placement Test you will be assigned to the Italian course that complies with your Italian knowledge ideally.

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