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Grade 11 Art Students visit Florence

 

This year our Art teacher Ms Alison Zammit Endrich organized an educational trip to Florence, Italy. After admiring the works of some of the greatest artists found here, one can truly say that it is an art lovers’ paradise!.

Our first day we immediately set out for the Duomo. The majestic building left all of us awestruck with its ornate Gothic facade in white, green and red marble. Four hundred and sixty three steps later we were looking down upon the rooftops of Florence, a breathtaking view!

We visited the Uffizi, home to Florence’s huge artistic heritage, paintings by Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and Michelangelo to name a few. We couldn’t believe we were seeing the actual ‘Medusa’ by Caravaggio and ‘La Primavera’ by Botticelli.

The climb up to San Miniato to visit the beautiful Romanesque Basilica was tough but worthwhile. We were most impressed by the gold mosaic on the facade.

On Sunday we began our day by visiting the Cappella dei Principe, the absolutely splendid mausoleum of the Medici grand dukes, adorned with marble and semi precious stones. We admired Michelangelo’s sculptures in the New Sacristy. That afternoon we explored Palazzo Pitti, another Museum which houses an enormous collection of paintings. We ended the day relaxing and sketching in Boboli Gardens.

Next on the itinerary was Mueum San Marco, a monastry turned museum.We all loved the ‘Annunciation’ by Fra Angelico as well as the ornately decorated old music manuscripts.

The long awaited trip to SACI (Studio Art Centre Institute) was probably the highlight of the trip for many. All thanks to the Caravaggio Foundation, we were invited by the institute to participate in various workshops. Prof. Roberta Lapucci took us to Santa Maria Novella and described in great detail the restoration of many of the church’s works of art. The rest of the day was spent restoring, conserving and cleaning paintings, as well as working with the archaeology department and learning the gilding technique.

The whole group was very pleased to hear that on the morrow, we were to have a relaxing day travelling to Siena and San Gimignano. This was also the day alotted to the photography competition so everyone could be seen eagerly snapping away! Our impression of Siena was that of a pretty medieval village with tiled roofs and cobbled streets. In San Gimignano, the small walled medieval town, we were treated to delicious ice-cream from a famous gelateria!

Our penultimate day was spent visiting L’Accademia, the Bargello Museum and the Baptistry. L’Accademia houses the famous statue of David by Michelangelo that is absolutely stunning! The Bargello, once a prison now houses a magnificent collection of renaissance sculptures. The Baptistry really caught our attention, as mosaics covering the interior of the building are made entirely of gold!

We experienced an memorable week in the city of Florence residing in a delightful hostel that provided ample entertainment for us. All of these factors put together have given us all memories to treasure for the rest of our lives.

 

LUISA CASSAR PULLICINO GRADE 11

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