Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Florence, Italy
- Terms: Summer
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|Click here for a definition of this term Program Features:||Faculty-Led Global Seminar||Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study:||A&S Core: Literature and the Arts, Art History, Engineering/Applied Sci: Humanities/SS, English, History, Humanities, Italian|
|Click here for a definition of this term Additional Search Options:||GPA Access Abroad eligible, Takes place in Maymester||Click here for a definition of this term GPA at time of application:||2.5|
|Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing (at program start):||Sophomore||Click here for a definition of this term Program Prerequisite(s):||No Program Course Prerequisites|
|Click here for a definition of this term Housing:||Apartments/Houses||Click here for a definition of this term Open to students from:||All CU Campuses (UCB/UCD/UCCS), Any U.S. Institution, CU Boulder|
|Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction:||English||Click here for a definition of this term Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:||3 credits|
|Click here for a definition of this term Length of Summer/Winter Program:||3 Weeks, May term||Click here for a definition of this term Estimated Total Costs:||$$|
Explore Dante's most fantastic images in the Inferno, formed through references to the medieval art and architecture in Italy
Participate on day excursions to Pisa, Monteriggioni, Siena, Montaperti, and San Gimignano
Earn an upper division Literature and the Arts Core credit
Study both the sites to which Dante refers to in Inferno and the works of other artists inspired by his poem
No previous knowledge of Italian required
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Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 367,569 inhabitants (1,500,000 in the metropolitan area).The city lies on the River Arno and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the richest and wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
The city boasts a wide range of collections of art, especially those held in the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi. Florence is arguably the last preserved Renaissance city in the world and is regarded by many as the art capital of Italy. It has been the birthplace or chosen home of many notable historical figures, such as Dante, Boccaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Niccolò Machiavelli, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Donatello, Galileo Galilei, Catherine de' Medici, Antonio Meucci, Guccio Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, and Emilio Pucci.
Dante references specific sites and art in Florence and nearby cities (e.g. Siena, Pisa) in the Inferno. The program simultaneously examines the visual representations of Hell created both before and after Dante's poem. By teaching the course in Florence and its environs students have the opportunity to study both the sites to which Dante refers and the works of other artists inspired by his poem. Site visits aim to bring Dante's spirit realm into sharp focus for students.
Housing has been arranged as shared apartments in Florence. Students will have double rooms.
Students will be responsible for most meals for the duration of the program. A Welcome and Farewell dinner will be provided on the program, along with an Italian cooking lesson.
You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to Florence and back.
Transportation on program-related field trips while in Italy is provided as part of the program fee.
This course offers a unique learning experience to study Dante's Inferno imagery up close and personal in Florence. The program focuses exclusively on medieval and early modern literature and art. The course will count towards the upper-division requirement for the Italian major and minor and would count as for the Literature and the Arts Core.
In Italy, the course will consist of lectures and relevant site visits. Many of Dante's most fantastic images in the Inferno are formed through references to the medieval art and architecture that surrounded him: the enchained giants ringing the lower circle of hell are compared to the towered walls of the Tuscan city of Monteriggioni; sinners are stuck upside down in holes in the ground that resemble the baptismal fonts in Pisa; the Inferno's Lucifer munches on sinners much like the devil in the 12th mosaics in Florence's Baptistery. Dante's poem also inspired artists, such as Sandro Botticelli, to depict Hell in manuscripts, paintings, or frescoes and greatly influenced the creation of a new iconography of the underworld.
Students are expected to be full participants at the pre-departure meetings and at each visit and lecture while in Florence. A detailed course syllabus will be provided to all the students and is available from the program director.
The program is directed by Professor Suzanne Magnanini. Suzanne Magnanini is the Chair and Associate Professor for the Department of French and Italian and serves as the department's specialist in early modern Italian literature. She has taught several classes at CU relating to Dante's Inferno.
Professor Magnanini, along with staff from the study abroad office will help in selecting program participants.
The program schedule is relatively busy but when you are not in class or doing a group visit you will have time to explore Florence, many site visits are included.
Dante Alighieri Society Scholarship: To be granted one of these awards, the student must be able to document acceptance in an established study program of Italian language, culture or history. Applications are accepted in early spring for the fall or academic year.
Ayer Romance Language Scholarship: For students who are declared Italian majors with an overall GPA of 3.0. Other restrictions apply. For more information contact the Dept. of French and Italian.
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