Patrons, Artists, and Private Palazzi: an on-site art seminar in Rome, Italy, with Giulia Bernardini, May 22-30, 2020
Patrons, Artists, and Private Palazzi details and cost:
- Explore the hidden underground rooms of emperor Nero’s Domus Aurea, the treasure-lined halls of the Capitoline Museums, dizzying frescoes in the normally off-limits Palazzo Farnese, sip prosecco on photographer Sheila McKinnon’s private terrace, enjoy a cooking class and lunch at Osteria degli Orti in the countryside, attend a private art opening at the American Academy, and see the Sistine Chapel and other wonders of the Vatican Museums after hours, far from the madding crowd. All this and more is part of the mouth-watering itinerary.
- Stay at the award-winning boutique Hotel Adriano in the heart of Rome’s centro storico.
- Enjoy free time with the help of Giulia’s Inside Scoop: a hand-picked selection of Rome’s best food, shopping, gelato, and artistic and cultural sites.
- Explore literary selections culled by Giulia to expand your understanding of what you’ll see.
- Share the experience with a small, select group of like-minded explorers (maximum of ten people).
- Price per person (exchange rate of 1/6/2020; subject to fluctuation):
- $2,904 without accommodation
- $3,924 in shared Classic room (194 sq. ft; includes breakfast)
- $4,344 in Classic room as single (194 sq. ft; includes breakfast)
- Includes: 7 days of art history tuition, entry tickets to scheduled museums and galleries, five meals, 7-day Rome public transport pass, ground transportation to and from cooking class and Villa Farnese and Villa Lante. Does not include: airfare, remaining meals, ground transportation to and from airport in Rome. Seminar itinerary subject to change at any time.
Patrons, Artists, and Private Palazzi
For one indulgent week, we will feast on the art, architecture, food, and dolce vita (sweet life) of my enchanting native city and beyond. We’ll begin our exploration by considering the impact Rome’s imperial past had on the power brokers of central Italy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. As we discover palaces and squares, churches and monuments, we’ll see how Rome’s High Renaissance and Baroque rulers harkened back to the glory of the empire in order to consolidate their dominion over one another, the city, the region, and all of Europe.
We’ll learn about the major papal families of Rome and their most famous – and infamous – figures as we take in ceiling frescoes and private collections in their opulent, sprawling palazzi, or palaces. We will gain an invaluable understanding of these vibrant periods of art patronage and urban expansion all while exploring the role played by artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Annibale Carracci, Bernini, and Caravaggio, among others, as we stand before their breath-taking works. All this will take place not only in the city’s numerous world-class museums but also in the many churches and private galleries where the works of art have stood since their creation.
Following the sound advice to “do as the Romans do,” we will punctuate our fascinating art historical explorations with leisurely walks through lively piazze, drinks on a terrace above one of Rome’s most delightful streets, dinners – and a cooking class – in local osterie, an outing to countryside villas with lovely shady gardens, and wander the grounds of one of Rome’s most important cultural academies as the sun sets.
Join us for this unmissable experience. Contact Giulia to book your place and for more information at [email protected] or click on ‘Contact Us’ below.
I look forward to seeing you at the banquet!