During their stay, students will develop and present an individualized project based on their academic interests and background, and the ways in which they have been inspired by the Renaissance. As a quintessential Gallatin experience, the course places emphasis on the cultural and historical contexts from which the literature and art of Renaissance Florence emerged.
Readings might include the works of Dante, Pico Della Mirandola, Machiavelli, and selected female writers, as well as art texts such as Vasari's The Lives of the Artists. In addition, students study the art of Florentine painters such as Botticelli, Giotto, and Michelangelo in the places where these works were created. Classes, which are taught in English, meet four days a week. Throughout the course, students will visit such museums and churches as the Uffizi, The Duomo, the church of Santa Maria Novella, and the monastery of San Marco to engage fully with the art and architecture of Renaissance Italy.
Students are required to live in program housing provided by NYU Gallatin.