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Italian Renaissance, Art and Literature: The Culture Explosion

Florence, Italy: June 2-22, 2013
Bella Mirabella, Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin

Priority application deadline: March 15, 2013

Programs fill on a rolling basis and may fill without notice. Students are encouraged to apply early and only completed applications are reviewed.

This course is open to Graduate and Undergraduate students of all NYU and Non-NYU schools. Applicants must have completed at least two full-time undergraduate college semesters and be currently enrolled in a college or university during the summer 2013 term.

Note: This course fulfills 4 units of the Interdisciplinary Seminar as well as the Humanities and Early Modern foundation requirements.

NYU Florence, Villa La Pietra and Villa Ulivi

NYU Florence, Villa La Pietra and Villa Ulivi

Course Description

Many of our modern ideas about art, literature, architecture and its uses, politics, culture, philosophy, gender and class derive from the brilliantly prolific period of the Renaissance.

During a three-week, interdisciplinary program in the beautiful and historic Florence, Italy, students are offered a total immersion and multifaceted learning experience that is an essential beginning to understanding our modern world through the lens of the Italian Renaissance. This course explores the literature, culture, art, and thought of the Renaissance from multiple perspectives.

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.


  • Tuition for 4 credits: 3225
  • Deposit (applied to program costs, non-refundable): 400
  • Program Fee (includes some meals, excursions and entrance fees): 450
  • Housing Fee: 1500
  • Incidental Costs: Round–trip Airfare (student purchases his/her own airfare)
  • NYU Registration and Services Fee: TBA, usually 300-500 (estimate based on past semesters)

Application Requirements
Priority Application Deadline: March 15, 2013

  • Online application
  • Personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Electronic Transcript

Personal statement and electronic transcripts should be submitted through the online application. Materials also can be mailed or delivered to the address below, or e-mailed as attachments to gallatin.global@nyu.edu.

Admission decisions are based on strength of academic performance, personal statement, and space remaining in the program. If offered admission to the course, an initial non-refundable deposit of $400 must be submitted in order to secure your place.

Mailing address:

Gallatin Office of Global Programs
411 Lafayette St., 3rd floor
New York, NY 10003


NYU students may provide an unofficial copy printed or saved as a .pdf from Albert. Students can either submit the transcript through the online application, mail or deliver it to the address above, or e-mail it as an attachment to gallatin.global@nyu.edu.

Letter of Recommendation

Please submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or primary academic advisor that speaks of your academic standing and ability to study away in an intensive format. Letters may be mailed or hand delivered to the address above, or e-mailed as attachments to gallatin.global@nyu.edu.


Gallatin students may apply for a Dean's Scholarship for Winter and Summer Travel Courses. The deadline for Winter is Oct. 14; the deadline for Summer is March 15.

For information on additional financial aid opportunities, please visit the NYU Office of Financial Aid.

Faculty Profile

Bella Mirabella

Bella Mirabella, Professor, Italian Renaissance, Art and Literature: The Culture Explosion
Bella Mirabella, associate professor of literature and humanities, specializes in Renaissance studies, with a focus on drama, theater, performance, and gender. more>

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Did You Know?

Gallatin offers Dean's Scholarships for Summer and Winter Travel Courses.  For more information about these opportunities, contact gallatin.global@nyu.edu.

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