We have the magnanimous Medicis to thank for Florence’s incomparable art scene. As the ultimate patron family, the Medicis fueled the Renaissance and helped launch the careers of countless famed artists, including Michelangelo, Donatello, and Ghiberti.
The rich legacy of the Renaissance infuses every corner of the city - museums, galleries, churches and even private residences are filled to the brim with the most iconic images of Western art. But there’s a new renaissance emerging, too, as young artists flock to Florence to try their hand at the next great masterpiece. Discover contemporary and classic treasures on an etr Florence Art Program.
Florence is full of possibility for every artistic agenda.
We can focus on the storied heritage of the Renaissance, exploring famed galleries such as the Uffizi (chock full of more than 1500 works) and the Accademia (home to Michelangelo’s renowned David). We’ll view the bronze doors of the Battistero di San Giovanni, an inspiration to Michelangelo, and explore Brunelleschi’s some at the magnificent Duomo, which shines with colorful frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari as well as the Bargello, where students share floorspace with sculptures by Michelangelo, Cellini and Donatello. Multiple museums await us within the 15th-century Pitti Palace, a sweeping complex that was once home to Florentine rulers.
For a more hands-on experience, we can head to the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which offers an engaging multimedia exploration of the magical frescoes of Benozzo Gozzoli. Curious about the contemporaries? We’ll show you top galleries like Biagiotti or tour Le Murate, a former nunnery and prison that is now home to one of Florence’s most innovative art spaces. The Palazzo Strozzi offers an interactive way to check out contemporary Florentine culture, complete with hands-on workshops and drawing tours. Who knows? Amidst all the inspiration, you may even discover your inner Michelangelo.
With etr, you decide which Florentine galleries, monuments, museums and activities best suit your requirements and academic objectives, and we’ll build your own time efficient program around it. Drop a line and we can get started today.
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Since 1989 etr has operated customized art programs in Florence. Contact us today and we can put together an itinerary specifically for you.