Italian Renaissance Art and Literature: The Culture Explosion

  • Florence, ITALY: June 4 - 24, 2017 (3 weeks)
  • TRAVL-GG 2060 | 4 credits | Instructors: Bella Mirabella (NYU Gallatin) & Faculty member in Florence, TBA
  • LEVEL: Undergraduate & Graduate, NYU and non-NYU students
  • TOPICS: Literature, art history, architectural history, and more
  • DEADLINES: Round 1: Dec. 5 | Round 2: Feb. 6 (priority for Gallatin Dean's Scholarship) | Round 3: March 6

Info Session

Meet Prof. Mirabella and learn more about the course! Location: 1 Washington Pl. (Gallatin Building)

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 ~ 11:00am–12:00pm ~ Room 801


Italy’s location in the Mediterranean Basin, with its proximity to Africa and the Middle East, helped make Florence an international crossroads and the center of the Renaissance in Europe with regard to art, culture, literature, economics, and politics. Contributions of the Italian Renaissance—from perspective in art to Machiavelli’s advice on politics to early conceptions of capitalism—continue to influence every aspect of our contemporary lives.

During a three-week interdisciplinary program in beautiful and historic Florence, Italy, students will be 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 the Renaissance has inspired them. 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 will study the art of Florentine painters such as Botticelli, Giotto, and Michelangelo in the places where these works were created.

Classes are taught in English and meet four days a week. Throughout the course, students will visit museums and churches such 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.

Gallatin students: This course fulfills 4 credits of the Interdisciplinary Seminar as well as the Humanities and Early Modern requirements.


  • Undergraduate & graduate students, NYU and non-NYU schools
  • Must have completed at least one full-time college semester before the course begins
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, good academic & disciplinary standing
  • Must be matriculated at a college or university during the Summer 2017 term


  • Tuition, 4 credits: $3550
  • NYU Registration & Services Fee: See here for rates (approx. $280-680)
  • Program Fee: $850
  • Housing: $1350

Other Major Costs to Consider:

  • Round-trip airfare (students purchase their own tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates); students will be notified when to book flights
  • Fees for passport; fees for travel visa, if required
  • Most meals and local transportation

Financial Aid

The Gallatin Dean's Scholarship is available for this program. See our Financial Aid for Study Away page for details on eligibility and additional opportunities.

Important Travel Details

Program Fee: Includes mandatory excursions, some meals, and mandatory international health insurance, which is provided for the program duration.

Housing: Students are required to reside in accommodations arranged by NYU Gallatin.

Travel Documents: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, and certain participants might need a travel visa. These documents should be obtained well in advance of the program start date.

Helpful Links: Lonely Planet Florence, US State Department: Travel to Italy

Contact Info

NYU Gallatin Office of Global Programs
411 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
1 (212) 998-7133 phone
1 (212) 995-4265 fax

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