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you a thoroughly enjoyable Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Cultural Study Tour Holiday in Italy.
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In its heyday during the Renaissance, the hill town of Urbino experienced a cultural flowering beyond compare. This was, above all, the achievement of Federico da Montefeltro (1422-82) who made his fortune as condottiere and consolidated his fame as duke of this small principality in the north of the Italian Marche. During his enlightened reign of forty years, Federico forged alliances with the kings of Naples, the dukes of Milan and the popes in Rome, and his political kudos was such that King Edward IV of England made him a Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. He may have lost hi...
Sparkling enigmatically like a dark sapphire, Lake Como is arguably Europe’s most beautiful lake — and certainly its deepest. Dramatically set against the steep and forbidding Italian and Swiss Alps in its austere northern reaches which betray the water’s glacial origins, towards its south end the lake acquires warmer, gentler prospects with stylish holiday villages nestling along the shore and innumerable villas perched on terraced slopes. Situated at the southern tip of the lake’s ‘left leg’, the lively little city of Como, birthplace in 23 AD of Pliny ...
Art Pursuits Abroad is delighted to announce its first Study Tour organised in association with the London Art History Society. Priority booking at a specially discounted price is now open exclusively to members of the London Art History Society until December, when any remaining places will go on sale to the general public. Please enquire for further information.
According to Giorgio Vasari, the seeds of the Renaissance were sown when Giotto di Bondone broke with the Byzantine tradition prevailing in 13th-century Italian art, developing a revolutionary naturalism in place of the hidebound severity of mediaeval artists. Giotto’s treatment of line and volume, the Vasarian story continues, led directly to Masaccio, Michelangelo, and Raphael, and to Florence becoming the acknowledged centre of the artistic world. Vasari’s biased account has been steadily unpicked by art historians over the centuries, but Giotto’s radiant brilliance has...
Friuli Venezia-Giulia with its capital Trieste represents a truly central European cultural landscape, stretching between the Carnic and Julian Alps and the vast lagoons of the Adriatic coast. Under the shared auspices of the Venetian Lion of St Mark and of the double-headed imperial eagle of the Habsburgs, the threshold to the Balkans in the extreme north-east of Italy has always stood apart for its own particular artistic, historical and even linguistic heritage, shaped by Italians, Slavs and Germans.
One of Italy’s five autonomous regions, it harbours many outstanding artist...
Art Pursuits Abroad is delighted to announce its first Study Tour organised in association with Art Fund Surrey. This tour is now open to all.
If you thought you knew Venice, this exclusive Art Pursuits Abroad tour will make you think again...
According to the 16th-century writer Francesco Sansovino, Venice’s name derived from the Latin ‘veni etiam’ which could be translated as ‘come again’! Seeking out sights and treasures off the beaten track, whether you are familiar with the Queen of the Adriatic or not, this tour ...
Around the year 1600 Rome began to experience a revitalisation that restored its artistic leadership in the west for much of the 17th century. Following a period of austerity and restraint imposed by the decrees of the Council of Trent, countless commissions from powerful popes, aspiring cardinals, wealthy aristocratic families and prestigious religious institutions precipitated a golden age of a new dramatic and often sumptuous style, the Baroque.
Architects and artists from all parts of Italy and the rest of Europe flocked to the Eternal City to study Ancient art and the works o...