This was one of the the best courses I have taken. I walked away with loads of information and yet it was not overloading! I have been to Santa Maria Novella, but in this course I learned so much including small nuances that bring the church and its history alive! I already recommended this course to my friends and I signed up for more courses taught by Dr. Becucci.
Dr. Alessandra Becucci has both an enthusiasm for, and a wealth of knowlege about, Santa Maria Novella. The combination of her talk and her very comprehensive photographs improved my understanding of this church a great deal.
Despite the long dreary days of lockdown, Dr. Becucci has skillfully found an engaging way for us to explore her city of Florence through her explorations of 4 churches. This session on Santa Maria Novella was the second in the series and she locates the church in time and space while describing some of the amazing pieces of art within its walls. I learned so very much and enjoyed my afternoon with an engaging expert who shared her love of her city with ease.
I know Florence and the Florentine Renaissance moderately well, or I thought I did; but Dr. Becucci opened up insights into Florentine urbanism and society that made me feel like I was seeing the city for the first time.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first seminar with Dr. Becucci. Her careful study of the history and decorative schemes of this church were an absolute delight. Wonderful experience!