Posted: 1 November, 2019

Art and History of Art Trip – October Half Term 2019

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Putney Art and History of Art students’ first stop in Italy was at the city which wasn’t built in a day, Rome.

Once everyone had arrived at the hotel they set out to explore the delights of nearby Campo de’ Fiori for lunch, before embarking on our first explorations of the city, with Art students sketching all the way.  Walking around the historic centre in beautiful sunshine we took in the majestic Pantheon (a wonder of Roman engineering) and darkly dramatic Caravaggio paintings in the churches of San Luigi dei Francesi and Santa Maria del Popolo.  After a delicious carbonara dinner we took a stroll to the spectacular Trevi Fountain and went in search of our first gelato

The next morning, our students were up early to walk through the beautiful Trastevere and up the Janiculum Hill to visit a marvel of High Renaissance architecture – Bramante’s Tempietto.  After this we went on to explore Rome’s ancient history by visiting the incredible Colosseum and having a delicious picnic lunch on the Palatine Hill, overlooking the Roman Forum.

The following day, the group set off to discover classical Rome at the Roman Forum and Colosseum, followed by, at the other end of the spectrum, some contemporary art at the MAXXI Gallery.

On the final morning in Rome our young artists visited the spectacular Vatican City where they saw some incredible antique sculptures and iconic masterpieces of the High Renaissance – Raphael’s Stanze, the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s spectacular ceiling, and Bramante’s St Peter’s Basilica.

Next stop was Florence. The first thing they decided to do was scale the cathedral and make it to the top of  the Brunelleschi’s dome.

After recovering from the many steps of the cathedral, students took their sketchbooks to the Bargello and Marino Marini Museums where they were able to take some inspiration from the Florentine Renaissance sculptures.

The final stop of the Italian tour was in Venice. Again the group was able to explore more contemporary art at the Venice Biennale event; including a truly wonderful collection of Modernist art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Of course, there was only one way to leave Venice in style, via water taxi. Arrivederci Italia!

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