Before You Go: Florence – Uffizi Gallery with Dr. Alessandra Becucci

Before You Go: Florence – Uffizi Gallery with Dr. Alessandra Becucci


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Context's Before You Go online seminars are designed for travelers looking to enhance their in-person experiences at famous landmark destinations in cities around the world.

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, while perhaps best known for housing Botticelli's Birth of Venus, boasts one of the world's largest collections of Italian Renaissance artworks. It is a landmark destination for art enthusiasts across the world and often receives an excess of 2 million visitors annually. Led by an art historian in Florence, this introductory-level learning experience has been designed to provide the ultimate private viewing of the galleries and to compliment Context's Uffizi Gallery Tour: Crash Course

Following the conclusion of the House of Medici, the family's art collections were entrusted to the city of Florence for care. The Uffizi Gallery became one of the world's first public art museums in 1765.  This interactive conversation will contextualize the political negotiations and architectural designs which were necessary for the museum's foundation. It will then continue with a presentation of the Gallery’s structure and of the chronological arrangement chosen for the artwork’s display. 

Our virtual visit will mimic an in-person one and, beginning with the masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, will progress to discuss Renaissance paintings through the works of Masaccio, Filippo Lippi, Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca. Following a pause for questions, we will look at the giants of the late fourteenth- and fifteenth-century painting, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raffaello, considering them independently and in relation with one another. Together we will consider the paintings as testimonies to the greatness of these artists and as visual documents of a world that gave birth to modernity. 

As we analyze and discuss a curated selection of artistic masterpieces, we'll learn about the biographies of the artists that created them and will retrace visual tales from past societies, cultures, and politics, helping us understand our present. To conclude our conversation, Alessandra will go through glossary terms and open a final Q&A session. 

Led by art historian and native Florentine, Alessandra Becucci, this seminar will explore the vast collection of the famed Uffizi Gallery. Designed to inspire curiosity as well as future travels, participants will emerge with a clearer understanding of the collection's primary works of art and a foundational knowledge of Florentine art history from which to build upon during future in-person travels. 

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Born and raised in Florence, Alessandra has a degree in art history from the University of Florence with a specialization in seventeenth-century painting. She obtained an MRes from the European University Institute in Florence, where she defended her Ph.D in history, focusing on the patronage of Tuscan nobility in Europe during the seventeenth century. She has been teaching art history and Italian for several years in various schools and institutions in Florence.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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