Language and Art history - Minimum language level required B1 - Cultura Italiana Arezzo
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Language and Art history - Minimum language level required B1

The Language and Art History course is divided into two weeks: the first week will cover the Medieval era while the second week will be over the Renaissance; however, we offer the possibility to attend the course for only one week with the choice to attend either one of the historical periods (a choice between week one: Medieval or week two: Renaissance).
For both weeks, alternating in between afternoon lessons and guided-tours, students will have the chance to deepen their understanding and bring to life all that will be presented and studied in class.

This course is a true and sheer immersion not only into the art but also into the history and the culture of Italy, particular of Tuscany. The periods studied are the Medieval and Renaissance.
Together these are the most significant and interesting periods of art in Tuscany. The works of art from these two periods became a point of inspiration for artists all over the world.

Among the lessons in class and the guided-tours, the course will take place within the cities of Arezzo and Florence. Having the opportunity to observe and evaluate the works of art in-person offers students the possibility to witness the works of art that are so important to Italian art history. Among the skillful and ingenious artists to be studied are Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Piero della Francesca, only to name a few.

Base Course: 1 o 2 weeks
Italian Comprehension Level: Intermediate/ Advanced
Starting date of course: every Monday

**INTENSIVE LANGUAGE COURSE + HISTORY OF ART COURSE:**

- WEEK ON THE MEDIEVAL ERA:

*Monday::

Morning: Intensive Italian language course in class with students of the same level
Afternoon: Free

* Tuesday:

Morning: Intensive Italian language course in class with students of the same level
Afternoon:
In-class lesson: Arezzo (1.5 hours)
- A brief introduction to the history of Arezzo, from its origins in the Roman era, touching on San Donato, and ending with the Medieval era. This brief history lesson will introduce the most note-worthy and well-known monuments of the city and territory with a brief reference to Guido d’Arezzo.
- Coverage of both civic and religious architectural elements of the medieval era, particularly romanesque and gothic styles
Guided-tour: Arezzo: (2 hours)
- Roman Amphitheater (as a historical introduction and how the amphitheater is an example of the reconstruction of the medieval Arezzo)
- Pieve di Santa Maria (Romanesque architecture, the concept of a “pieve” and a presentation of San Donato)
- Piazza Grande
- Duomo of Arezzo (gothic architecture, San Donato, the figure of Vescovo-Conte and Pope Gregory X)


* Wednesday

Morning: Intensive Italian language course in class with students of the same level
Afternoon:
In-class lesson: Florence (1.5 hours)
- Brief introduction of the history of Florence, from its Roman origins until the Medieval era, introducing the note-worthy and well-knowns monuments of the city and its territory.
- Coverage of both civic and religious architectural elements of the medieval era, particularly romanesque and gothic styles
- Paintings from the 13th and the 14th century
- Sculptures from the 13th and 14th century


* Thursday

Morning: Intensive Italian language course in class with students of the same level
Afternoon:
Guided-tour: Florence (3 hours)
- Complex of Santa Maria del Fiore: Baptistry as an example of romanesque architecture (exterior only), Duomo (including the interior), and the Campanile of Giotto (bell-tower, example of gothic architecture)
- “Quartiere di Dante” (“Neighborhood of Dante”): one of the three most well preserved medieval areas (civic architecture, town-homes)
- Chiesa di Orsanmichele: sculptures and paintings
- Piazza della Signorina e Palazzo Vecchio (civic architecture)
- Basilica di Santa Croce (Church of Santa Croce): religious, gothic architecture, frescos by Giotto and his apprentices such as Taddeo and Agnolo Gaddi, Giovanni da Milano and Spinello Aretino


* Friday

Morning: Intensive Italian language course in class with students of the same level
Afternoon:
In-class lesson: Arezzo (1.5 hours)
- Paintings of the 13th and 14th century
- Sculptures of the 13th and 14th century
Guided-tour: Arezzo (2 hours)
- Pieve di Santa Maria:
- Sculpture: faceted lunette reliefs, two smaller reliefs of the interior, tiles of the baptistry
- Paintings: the Cross of Margarito, Altarpiece of Lorenzetti, and “Giottesque” frescos (in the manner of Giotto)
- Duomo:
- Sculpture: wooden statue of °la Madonna in Trono con Bambino Gesù° (Mary on the Throne with Jesus), high altar, memorial of Bishop Guido Tarlati
- Paintings: giottesque fresco of the Tarlati Chapel among other chapel painting in the nave;
- Church of San Domenico
- Sculpture: Dragondelli chapel, stone statue depicting “la Madonna in Trono con Bambino Gesù”
- Pittura: Cross of Cimabue and frescos of Spinello Aretino and Parri di Spinello



- WEEK ON THE RENAISSANCE:

*Monday:

Morning: Intensive Italian language course in class with students of the same level
Afternoon: Free

* Tuesday:

Morning: Intensive Italian language course in class with students of the same level
Afternoon:
In-class lesson: Arezzo (1.5 hours)
- Brief historical, cultural introduction to the period of the early Renaissance (15th century), the most interesting artists of the time, and on the novelty these artists portrayed from an art history point of view;
- Elements of architecture, painting, and sculpture
Guided-tour: Arezzo (2 hours)
- Stately homes “Palazzi Signorili” in the style of the Renaissance along Corso Italia
- Church of San Michele: “la Madonna in trono col Bambino” by Neri di Bicci
- Basilica of San Francesco and frescos by Piero della Francesca “La Leggenda della Vera Croce” (“The Legend of the True Cross)
- Abbey of the SS. Flora and Lucilla: fresco San Lorenzo of Bartolomeo della Gatta
- Piazza Grande: Palazzetto di Fraternità (Renaissance architecture and sculpture, Bernardo Rossellino)
- Duomo di Arezzo: fresco depicting Santa Maria Maddalena (Mary Magdalene) by Piero della Francesca and the bricks of the baptistry attributed to Donatello

* Wednesday:

Morning: Intensive Italian language course in class with students of the same level
Afternoon:
In-class lesson: Florence (1,5h):
-- In-depth study on the origins of the Renaissance in Florence starting in the 15th century and on the artists that initiated its birth
- Developments of the Renaissance from the 15th century to the 16th century
- In-depth study on Renaissance architecture, sculpture, and painting

*Thursday:

Morning: Intensive Italian language course in class with students of the same level
Afternoon:

Guided-tour: Florence (3 hours):
- Church of Santa Maria Novella (facade by L. B. Alberti, The Trinity fresco by Masaccio, frescos by Domenico Ghirlandaio and Filipino Lippi)
- Dome of the Duomo: one of the greatest achievements of Renaissance architecture (Brunelleschi); The Last Judgement fresco “affresco Giudizio Universale” (Vasari e Zuccari)
- Palazzo Medici-Riccardi: example of a Renaissance mansion (Michelozzo)
- “Ospedale degli Innocenti” (Hospital of the Innocents): example of a Renaissance galleria (Brunelleschi)
- Orsanmichele and Piazza della Signoria: sculptures of the 15th and 16th century from Donatello to Giambologna

* Friday:

Morning: Intensive Italian language course in class with students of the same level
Afternoon:
In-class lesson: Arezzo: (1,5h)
- Brief introduction historical, cultural introduction on the period of the late Renaissance, the “Manierismo” (16th century), the most interesting artists of the time, and on the novelty these artists portrayed from an art history point of view
- Elements of architecture, sculpture, and paintings
Guided-tour: Arezzo (2 hours):
- Abbey of the SS. Flora and Lucilla: architecture, high altar, and Pale Albergotti (Vasari)
- Casa Vasari (Vasari House)
- Duomo: stained-glass windows by Guillaume de Marcella
- Piazza Grande: lodge of Vasari (architecture)


Cost of Intensive Language Course and Art History Course (1 Week on Medieval Era):
€562 per person (1-2 participants)

With 3-5 participants, there is a discount of 10% off from the course

The cost consists of:
-Intensive language course in the morning, from Monday to Friday (1 week)
-In-class history of art lessons
-Guided-tours with a history of art teacher and tour-guide
-entrance to the museums
-train tickets to and from Florence

Cost of Intensive Language Course and Art History Course (1 Week on Renaissance):
€572 per person (1-2 participants)

With 3-5 participants, there is a discount of 10% off from the course

The cost consists of:
-Intensive language course in the morning, from Monday to Friday (1 week)
-In-class history of art lessons
-Guided-tours with a history of art teacher and tour-guide
-entrance to the museums
-train tickets to and from Florence


Cost of Intensive Language Course and Art History Course (2 Weeks on Medieval Era + Renaissance):
€1035 per person (1-2 participants)

With 3-5 participants, there is a discount of 10% off from the course

The cost consists of:
-Intensive language course in the morning, from Monday to Friday (2 weeks)
-In-class history of art lessons
-Guided-tours with a history of art teacher and tour-guide
-entrance to the museums
-train tickets to and from Florence


Resume of Samantha Bidi, teacher of the History of Art Course:
Samantha Bidi graduated from the University of Siena in 2001 with a degree in Foreign Language and Literature.
With a strong passion for history, literature, culture, and art history, Samantha completed a 800 hour course, comprising mostly of historical and archeological knowledge, in order to become a certified tour-guide of the city of Arezzo.
After having obtained the certification and while continuing to teach, Samantha worked around the clock as she began her career as a tour-guide. A few years later, in 2008, Samantha extended her professional ambitions by becoming certified to give tours in the province of Florence.
Since 2012, Samantha has collaborated with Cultura Italia Arezzo where she conducts seminars, teaches courses, and hosts guided-tours pertaining to the history of art concerning the most significant artists and works of art from the Medieval era and the Renaissance in both Arezzo and Florence.

                                       

I have just completed a very valuable 2 weeks at the Cultura Italiana School in Arezzo. The combination of intensive classes, a course of Renaissance Art and a private lessons provided a real boost to my learning of the italian language. The intensive course deepened my knowledge of grammar, the pritate lessons provided an excellent opportunity to work on my weakness - thank you Laura - and the study of Renaissance Art was a sheer delight. Samantha was a very professional, knowledgeable, excellent teacher and guide. A very worthwhile experience in a beautiful city.

Sandra - 69 anni    (  USA)