5 Reasons Florence is an Artists Playground

“As a leader, it is neither knowledge nor education, wealth or social standing that can pave your way to success but rather your own self-knowledge and integrity”

President Elio D’Anna, The School for Gods

The arts are a powerful vehicle for communication, a way to express visions that are beyond the capacity of words and a medium for cultural enlightenment. Knowledge of the arts can essentially connect us and provide an indispensable foundation for enlightened citizenship in our increasingly complicated world.

Beginning in April 2013, The European School of Economics, Florence campus will launch their Professional Programme in Arts and Culture Management and for this reason they have put together a list of the top 5 reasons why Florence is truly an Artists playground. It is easy to understand why once you have strolled through its streets and alleyways only to come upon open squares filled with statues and churches, cafés and stunning architecture. It has a multi-faceted complexity not just within the city, being a museum in itself but the emotional impact it gives us as well.

THE TOP 5 REASONS FLORENCE IS AN ARTISTIC PARADISE

5. The View from Piazzale Michelangelo – Piazza Michalangelo is a famous square seated at the top of a large hill just outside of the historic city center. If you climb up all of the steps leading to it, you are rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view of Florence overlooking such sites as the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Arno River. Built in 1869, this piazza is dedicated to Michelangelo and features replicas of some of his famous sculptures – including a large bronze David standing in the center of the square. Although not considered a “work of art”, it is considered to be one of the most romantic spots in Florence.

4. The history behind Florence’s Churches – Many of Florence’s great treasures are found within its churches and one can really capture the vastness and spectacular intricacies of these world-renowned structures. You can enjoy the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, high on a hill overlooking Florence, and the late 13th century Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini. Often called “The Pantheon of Glories,” it is the largest Franciscan sanctuary in the world as well as being the birthplace of Stendhal syndrome. It is called Stendhal’s syndrome because the 19th-century French novelist is said to have been the first to write about the head-spinning disorientation tourists experience when they encounter Florentine masterpieces. When Stendhal saw Giotto’s ceiling frescos at Santa Croce, he was overcome. “Life was drained from me,” he wrote in 1817. “I walked with the fear of falling.”

3. The Contemporary Art Scene – The city of Florence is known as the birth place of the Renaissance however, you can become inspired by the genius behind some of Florences more Modern Galleries and exhibits.  Galleries such as Il Ponte, EX3 Contemporary Art Center, Biagiotti Arte Contemporanea as well as Le Murate, which is part of a municipal project to breathe more International  life into the city’s contemporary art scene. Additionally, the Aria Art Gallery (http://ariaartgallery.com/), located across the street from ESE gives students exposure to working directly within a contemporary gallery and the opportunity to present their own works. Florence although filled with rich history also is continuously progressing into the modern world of Contemporary Art.

2. Filippo Brunelleschi’s Duomo – The Florence Duomo; Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore (Saint Mary of the Flower) is not only breathtaking but is the largest duomo in the world. The red and green colours, the statues and carvings, the paintings edged in gold, and the bronze doors command attention. The only way to see the inside of the dome up close and enjoy the extraordinary view of Florence it offers is to climb its 463 steps.  This route takes you by the interior of the dome where you can admire works such as Giorgio Vasari‘s frescoes of the Last Judgment.

1. The Accademia and Michelangelo’s David – Michelangelo’s David is undoubtedly the world’s most famous sculpture and draws visitors from all over the world to admire its complex beauty. Additionally, the Accademia also houses five other Michelangelo sculptures – the four unfinished Prisoners and St. Matthew – and a collection of Gothic and Renaissance paintings that were once in the Medici collections. To stand before the Michelangelo’s David ignites a feeling and passion and excitement to any person with a love and understanding for the arts.

The European School of Economics is like no other learning facility as it’s philosophy, to bring out the artistic and creative dream within each unique individual, is embedded within its foundation.  The Professional Programme in Arts and Culture Management is designed to create innovative leaders within the visual arts and culture field and provide participants with the knowledge necessary for specific occupational opportunities within the sector which are open to a broader public:

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