SACI Sculpture class field trips around Florence: Medici Chapels, Accademia, Baptistry

SACI sculpture students visiting the Accademia

SACI sculpture students visiting the Accademia

The SACI sculpture class could have spent the entire summer term just visiting sculptures, monuments, and museums in Florence to see and study the work of the masters. How better to understand art than to see it in person? Florence sets a stage for anyone interested in art and architecture and is a live museum. All one has to do is walk out the front door. Here are some of the local sites visited by the class this summer.

SACI sculpture students visiting the Medici crypt of San Lorenzo

SACI sculpture students visiting the Medici crypt of San Lorenzo

The sculpture class and instructor John Taylor visited the Accademia Gallery where they not only visited the David, but also many other classical and even some contemporary sculpture. They saw more of Michelangelo’s work at the Medici Chapels in the San Lorenzo complex, just steps away from SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni. A mortuary chapel for members of the Medici family, this site features tombs by Michelangelo with sculptural figures of the four times of day: dawn, dusk, day, and night.

SACI sculpture student field trip to the Baptistry

SACI sculpture student field trip to the Baptistry

They also visited the famous bronze doors of the Baptistry. The south doors are by Andrea Pisano and the north and east doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Michelangelo called these east doors the Gates of Paradise. The Italian poet Dante and many other notable Renaissance figures, including members of the Medici family, were baptized in this baptistry.

All photos courtesy of SACI instructor, John Taylor. To see more, go to SACI’s Flickr albums: Sculpture and Stone Carving and SACI Field Trips.

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SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

One comment

  1. Brings back great memories. Did the same tours when I was at SACI. Loved that program.

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