Mortal Veil: Michelangelo and Depictions the Human Body

By Rosanna Sumera, Marist Italy MA 2014-15

Photo © Sarah Klein, Marist Italy MA 2014-15

Photo © Sarah Klein, Marist Italy MA 2014-15

On April 13th, nine of the Marist-Italy MA in Museum Studies students opened their exhibition titled Mortal Veil: Michelangelo and Depictions the Human Body which focuses on three styles of Michelangelo’s figure studies: anatomy, movement and classicism. Students created this exhibition because studies of the human body have always been fundamental to art and a preoccupation of artists in perfecting the depiction of the human form. During his career, Michelangelo continued this centuries old evolution of rendering the human body and was relentless in his quest to refine the idealized depictions of it while carrying out his works in the Renaissance humanistic tradition. The exhibition was a collaborative project between the Fondazione Casa Buonarroti, Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici, and Marist Italy’s Museums and the Public II and Museum Education courses. Students from the Museum Education class taught by Professor Carlotta Fuhs contributed to the exhibition by creating didactics to accompany the exhibition. Continue reading

An Easter Island Adventure

By Mackenzie Fairchild and Aimelie Moen, Marist Italy BAs

Photo by Mackenzie Fairchild

Photo by Mackenzie Fairchild

On March 14th we were whisked away from Florence into the world of Chile. After a three day trek from Florence to Paris to Santiago then, finally, to Easter Island, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, we finally arrived at our destination. As our plane landed, Professor Lorenzo Casamenti said in his charmingly thick Italian accent, “We have arrived…Easter Island.” Then winked. It had been a dream until the moment when we stepped out onto the stairs, descending into the sticky, warm, tropical air. We were greeted by some islanders, as they placed flower leis around our necks. We had finally made it. Continue reading

Poets Take the Streets

By Mackenzie Constantinou, Marist Italy MA 2014-15

Photo by Mackenzie Constantinou

Photo by Mackenzie Constantinou

Walking down the narrow, busy, cobbled streets of Florence you might notice bright colored street art or flyers glued to the walls. Though, if taking time to actually notice the wall decorations passersby might come across white posters with a few lines written on them. These seem peculiar in comparison to the eye-catching dynamic works that also adorn the walls. The white papers are poems written by locals and can be found throughout the entire city center.  Continue reading

The LdM Library

As we approach finals, we thought we’d give our students a small reminder about the Lorenzo de’Medici Library and all of the ways it can help you prepare for your exams and papers!

By Tyler Ostrander, Marist Italy MA, 2014-15

Photo by Tyler Ostrander

Photo by Tyler Ostrander

Conducting research in a foreign country can be quite challenging, especially if you are not fluent in the native language. Between the challenges of finding useful books in English, a stable internet connection, and a quiet place to work in the busy city of Florence, writing papers might seem much more difficult than back at home. Luckily for students, the Istituto Lorenzo de Medici library, located on Via dell’Alloro 13 and open from 9 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, exists to make studying abroad a little easier. Continue reading

Why Are Dogs Allowed Everywhere in Florence?

By Elena Tarasova, Marist Italy BA

A Florentine dog surveys his kingdom. Photo by Allison Boyd, Marist Italy MA

A Florentine dog surveys his kingdom. Photo by Allison Boyd, Marist Italy MA

It is difficult not to notice furry four legged man’s best friend in almost every place in Florence.   Dogs in Florence take to the city with confidence and with an air of nonchalance. In restaurants, museums, coffee shops, retail stores it is difficult to not find a dog with his owner. Other places in Europe and the United States generally do not let these furry companions roam leash-less, let alone enter some of the most amazing churches and museums in the world. So why are dogs allowed everywhere? Continue reading

Regional Flavors of Italy – Puglia

Over the next several weeks, Marist Italy will be posting about the gastronomical specialties of the 20 regions of Italy. These guides were created by Alessandra Bianco, Marist Italy MA, 2013-14.

239px-Apulia_in_Italy.svgAnother post based on travel plans – this weekend a group of Marist Italy BA students are embarking on a long weekend in Puglia, and thus, we need to know what to eat! The heel of the boot, Puglia is emerging as a force of nature in the Italian culinary and tourism scenes. With beautiful coastline and delicious food, we can see the appeal! Read on to find out the best of what Puglia has to offer.

 

 

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The 2015 MA Cohort Goes to Switzerland

By Emma Montross, Marist Italy MA Museum Studies, 2014-15

Masters students at Parco Tassino, Lugano, Switzerland. Picture Credit: Sarah Klein ©2015

Masters students at Parco Tassino, Lugano, Switzerland. Picture Credit: Sarah Klein ©2015

6:30 AM is an early departure time under any circumstances, but when paired with the promise of waking up in a beautiful new country, the pre-dawn alarm becomes a lot easier to swallow. Last weekend, the Museum Studies Masters students had the opportunity to travel from bella Firenze to Zurich, the bustling and historic capital of Switzerland. A couple of stops were taken along the way, specifically Lucerne and Lugano, which couldn’t have been better additions to the trip. Being able to experience Lucerne, Lugano, and Zurich (with the Alps to keep us occupied on the bus in-between cities) was an excellent, albeit small, example of what Switzerland has to offer. Continue reading

Van Gogh Alive – Two Experiences

The Van Gogh Alive Exhibition is running until April 12, 2015 at the church of Santo Stefano al Ponte, Piazza Santo Stefano, 5. Two Masters of Museum Studies students recently visited the exhibition and wrote about their experiences:

Van Gogh Alive: The Experience
By Jordan Beatty, Marist Italy MA in Museum Studies, 2014-15

Photo by Jordan Beatty

Photo by Jordan Beatty

The Van Gogh Alive traveling exhibition has arrived in Florence, just steps away from the Ponte Vecchio. The multimedia show provides a refreshing contrast to the traditional museum experience, as the masterpieces of Van Gogh are projected as large images and accompanied by a symphony of lights, colors and sounds.

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Regional Flavors of Italy – Sicilia

Over the next several weeks, Marist Italy will be posting about the gastronomical specialties of the 20 regions of Italy. These guides were created by Alessandra Bianco, Marist Italy MA, 2013-14.

SicilyOK, I have to admit, this post is a little bit selfish – I am about to embark on a week-long trip to Sicily, which naturally has me wondering, what should I eat? This island region of Italy, which looks like a ball being kicked by the boot, features one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mt. Etna, a long history of different cultures ruling the island, and a hilly landscape with rich soil, all of which come together for a diverse and delicious gastronomic landscape. Famous for its seafood and desserts, the cuisine in Sicily is not to be missed.

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St. Patrick’s Day in Florence – Irish Festival

By Mackenzie Constantinou, Marist Italy MA Museum Studies, 2014-15

The band Whisky Trail in action! Photo from http://www.follerumbafirenze.it

The band Whisky Trail in action! Photo from http://www.follerumbafirenze.it

Studying abroad in Florence and miss celebrating holidays like in the States? Teatro Obihall is hosting an Irish Festival at 7:30pm on Saint Patrick’s Day, 17 March 2015. Teatro Obhihall is located on Via Fabrizio de Andre (Lungarno Aldo Moro). The event includes a full night of Gaelic performances.

The night starts with a choral concert by Stefani Corsi and Giulia Lorimer with Il Coro “Altrocanto” at 8:00pm, followed by a performance by the band Whisky Trail at 9:00pm. Ireland is known for its plethora of different types of whiskeys such as Bushmills and Jameson, which inspired the name for the musical group. The night ends with a performance by an Italian band, Dalriada, who is inspired by Irish music. The Gaelic kingdom from the 6th-7th century is the group’s namesake, proving the band’s love for traditional Irish songs.

This event charges an entry fee of 12 euros, but the event lasts for several hours. The Irish Festival is a great way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with a little part of Ireland in Florence. Sometimes, as an American within a country that speaks a different language and has a distinctly different culture, it is nice to find the little things that remind you of home. The Irish Festival at Tetro Obihall is the only Irish festival in Florence, so enjoy a taste of Ireland in Italy while celebrating with some traditional music and a pint of Guinness. Do not forget to wear green!

To buy tickets and for more information, visit: http://www.obhihall.it