A two-part course

The Art of Drawing

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This two-part course is an intensive introduction to the art of drawing from the 15th to the 19th century that is divided between a week at the Dutch University Institute for Art History (NIKI) in Florence and a week at the Fondation Custodia in Paris.

The unique concentration of important museums and private art collections, make Florence and Paris ideal locations for students to deepen their knowledge of the art of drawing through a combination of theory and practice that is often lacking in academic courses.

Thus lecture-based classes on, for instance, the role of drawing in the education of the artist and concept of disegno in art literature will alternate with visits to the department of Prints and Drawings of the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Casa Buonarroti, Musée du Louvre, École des Beaux-Arts, and to the Fondation Custodia. During these visits students will examine a selection of drawings of old masters in the presence of a curator and leading experts.

The institutes in Florence and Paris possess outstanding libraries enabling students to prepare classes and conduct research for their paper and presentation.