Last week, A level Art and History of Art students enjoyed a study trip to Italy. Accompanied by History of Art teachers Margaret Craig and Nick Reeves we spent three days in Florence and two days in Venice.
Memories of the early start, meeting at Gloucester Green at 5 o’clock in the morning were forgotten once we arrived in the beautiful city of Florence. Margaret Craig guided us around the wonders of the so-called ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’, introducing us to the awe-inspiring Cathedral, churches and palazzi and the dazzling artwork by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci in the Uffizi gallery. Students Xinru and Sherry recommended the best restaurant of the trip, just off the market square and only five minutes from our hotel.
On Saturday morning we took a train from Florence to Venice and then a vaporetto along the Grand Canal to reach our hotel. Venice was spectacular and the sun shone throughout our two days there. We visited amazing churches and the famous Scoula San Rocco with its extraordinary décor including vast paintings by Tintoretto. The keenest students visited the Academia at 8 o’clock on Sunday morning to see the work of ‘John’ Bellini and his brother Gentile. By 10 o’clock everyone was awake and got to see the Peggy Guggenheim Museum with it’s collection of Cubist and Surrealist paintings. We arrived back late on Sunday evening in Oxford, tired but inspired.
Thanks to Nick for organising the trip and to Margaret for sharing her extensive knowledge of the Medici and so much more.
Jade – Lower Sixth