Watch the video of the History of Art trip to Florence

 

During October half term, all the UVI History of Art and Art students were lucky enough to spend four days in beautiful, sunny Florence and we also made an entertaining video all about our experiences which you can watch above.

Although the lovely weather may have suggested a nice relaxing vacation of a trip we did not have a lazy second in our fun-packed days in and out of museums and galleries. The gallery visits were insightful and it was undeniably amazing to see such renowned pieces in the flesh. Speaking of which, Michelangelo’s ‘David’ in the Accademia was hard to miss, and Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Annunciation’ in the Uffizi truly lived up to its reputation. But the trip was not just wandering amongst great art, we all also got a chance to get stuck in ourselves. A session in the life drawing room was a first for many of us, and an unusual experience leaving not only the model feeling a little exposed! However, there was no hesitation to throw ourselves into it wholeheartedly, producing some fabulous results, and even uncovering some hidden talent!

A very different task the next evening required us to produce, in teams, a depiction of the Florence skyline as the sun was setting behind the stunning array of rooftops. Armed with our sticks of charcoal, pastels and colouring pencils each team attacked the page, racing against the clock to capture the scene before the allotted time was up. Although tensions were high and the competition was fierce, both teams created beautiful, unique impressions of the view, and thankfully no art equipment was seriously harmed in the making.

Another exciting morning involved the opportunity to climb what seemed like an endless amount of stairs to the top of the Bell Tower and Brunelleschi’s Dome giving us a very different perspective of the city. Only 509 steps later and we were back on ground level celebrating our achievement and eagerly awaiting a well-earned lunch. After a trip to the certified best sandwich shop in Florence, nobody was left disappointed or without a big smile on their face. I think it’s safe to say on behalf of the whole Florence gang, we were not let down on the food front, and three nights of eating top quality pasta, pizza and our body weight in gelato left us feeling spoilt.

Our last day involved a morning stroll around the Bargello, followed by an inspiring and informative walk amongst the astounding range of sculptures in the Loggia dei Lanzi. A visit to the Laurentian Library was a breath-taking end to our trip and we all no doubt admired Michelangelo’s unusual approach in the design of the building and his controversial flouting of the architectural rules of the time. Feeling well and truly full of arty information and certainly impressed by the veritable mountain of stairs we had all tackled, it was sadly time to return home and say goodbye to such a beautiful city.

By Tabitha (UVIF)