Day 7 (Wed, May 9): High Renaissance Art, Uffizi Prep, Florence and the Medici, Flood of '66
This was mostly a lecture day. At 9:00 we had a double lecture by Rocky Ruggiero. He covered the High Renaissance Art and then conducted a prep for tomorrow's visit to the Uffizi. It is evident from the floor plan chart below that the Uffizi -- number 2 on the map above, just above the Arno and east of the Ponte Vecchio -- contains an enormous amount of Renaissance art. We were told about the "Stendahl syndrome" and what to do about it: go to the rooftop bar and have a drink or coffee or just enjoy the fresh air. It turned out, about half way through our tour, to be very good advice.
Complete Catalogue: For a painting-by-painting catalog, go here, select a room, then a painting, then click "image".
The Medici: History of Florence
At 3:00 Jane Zaloga began a double lecture on the History of Florence and the Medici. Jane Zaloga is a PhD student in the History and Theory of Architecture at Harvard University. The focus of her work is Italian Renaissance Architecture. She holds a Master of Arts in Italian Renaissance Art History from Syracuse university, and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Among her awards are: Fulbright Fellowship (1999-2000); Sinclair Kennedy Traveling Fellowship and Teaching Fellowships (Harvard University); Florence Fellowship (Syracuse University); Tau Sigma Delta (National Architecture Honor Society); Frank J. Montana Scholarship for Architectural Studies in Rome (University of Notre Dame); Beta Gamma Sigma (National Business Honor Society); Raymond P. Kent Award for Outstanding Achievement in Finance (University of Notre Dame); National Merit Award Scholarship; Notre Dame Scholar. Ms. Zaloga teaches during the academic year for Santa Reparata, and for Kent State University and Syracuse University in Florence.
No, that's not Jane. It's the picture she displays at the Contact Florence site.
Wine Tasting -- At 5:50 most of us left the lobby of the Hotel Reale for a 6:00 wine-tasting at the Wine Cafe' Di Sichi Massimilian, at Viale IV Novembre, 15/A. We had three wines - a white, a chianti and a blend of 5 reds. These were served with nice brushcetta-style tidbits to much on. Karen and I shared a table with Joyce and Dick.
When we returned to our Hotel dining room we found it jammed with tourists aus Duetschland, at least two busloads of them. Our calm was shattered. The staff handled everything masterfully. Another excellent dinner.
After dinner Sabrina gave us good, if painful, lecture on the flooding of Florence in 1966.