Art and sunshine in Florence

The sunshine and world-class art of Florence beckoned Dauntseys’ artists and art historians to spend the first few days of the Easter holiday exploring the city dubbed the ‘birthplace of the Renaissance’. A group of twenty-four students and staff delighted in the spectacular painting, sculpture and architecture of various galleries, museums and churches. We certainly made it our mission to see as much as possible!

Emerging from a narrow street to see the duomo illuminated by bright moonlight on the first evening was certainly very special, and the first in a series of awe-inspiring sights. Inside the Uffizi Gallery, class learning was brought alive as history of art students viewed much loved paintings for the first time. Coming face to face with Michelangelo's colossal marble statue of David even elicited tears of emotion from some! Another real highlight was a private, life drawing session at the Charles Cecil Studios which enabled the art students to impress in what they do best. Much pizza and pasta was enjoyed, with almost obligatory afternoon ice-creams on the sunny Ponte Vecchio overlooking the river Arno. For many, the expansive terracotta panorama following the climb to the top of the bell tower or dome imparted a lasting sense of history and magnificence, which will not easily be forgotten.