The Art of the Renaissance in Florence and Rome

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Florence, originally founded by the Romans, was governed by the Medici family for centuries. Most of them had a passionate interest in painting, sculpture, architecture, and literature. Still Florence keeps an exceptional artistic heritage, which is marvelous evidence of its aged culture. This course offers students the opportunity to study the works of art from the Renaissance period, while staying in Florence.

Florence is the most marked example of Renaissance cities in Italy. Nowhere else in Italy does one find this multitude of buildings and works of art from this period. Among the cultural highlights is the magnificent cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), churches that contain breathtaking fresco cycles, renowned museums (e.g. Uffizi, Bargello, Accademia), and impressive city-palaces (e.g. Palazzo Strozzi; Palazzo Rucellai; Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi) and Palazzo Vecchio, the famous city hall. Apart from stimulating lectures the Summer School program also includes a day trip to Rome.

The fundamental goals are to introduce students to the art and architecture of Florence and Rome in its historical context, and in doing so, to make them familiar with the origins, nature, and development of the Renaissance in the visual arts. Mastery of basic concepts and terminology of art historical studies is another essential aspect of this course.

NB: Wish to combine this course with a Art course in the Netherlands? This course is part of the track 'History of Art: Relations between Italy and the Netherlands'. You can even extend this with a course in Berlin, in our track 'History of Art: A Thousand Years of European Highlights'.

A08 The Art of the Renaissance in Florence and Rome.pdf
Course director
Prof. dr. Michael Kwakkelstein


Prof. dr. Michael Kwakkelstein; Stefano Corazzini; Klaas Tonckens; Esther Millenaar, MA, Med.; dr. Gert Jan van der Sman; Dennis Geronimus, PhD (Scholar-in-residence, Dutch University Institute for Art History (NIKI) & Professor of Italian Renaissance Art, New York University)

Study load

Class meetings will be divided between illustrated lectures and discussions at the Institute, and guided visits on site in museums, churches, and palaces of Florence. 

Form of Assessment: Reading, class participation, and written work are all required of students. Grades will be composed of evaluations based on an assignment and a presentation.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
A third party

Additional information

The check-in date for this course at NIKI is Friday 30 June 2023, between 10.00 - 20.00. The majority of the students will stay at the NIKI, some will stay in an apartment nearby. This is scheduled by the Utrecht Summer School office or the NIKI. In case you cannot arrive on Friday, please contact the NIKI one month prior to the start of the course to arrange an alternative check-in.

Contact details

Prof. dr. Michael W. Kwakkelstein | T: +39 055 221612 | E:

For all questions related to the organisation of the course or housing please contact the Utrecht Summer School | E: | T: + 31 30 253 4400


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
01 June 2023