Our study abroad student met artisan Piergiorgio Bertolozzi Caredio at his studio Sator Print, specializing in making and restoring hand-crafted books, prints, manuscripts, etc. as well as beautiful examples of calligraphy, drawing upon traditions especially from Jewish heritage, linking the past with modern times.
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We had the privilege to visit the Biblioteca Briganti, part of the museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala. It’s a treasure trove of resources, including the amazing volumes of Piranesi’s views of Rome, and many books related to Siena’s history, artists, and craftspeople. It also houses the “Librartis” collection of contemporary artists’ books. For more info on the library: https://www.santamariadellascala.com/en/services/#fototeca
Yesterday our students from the Siena School for Liberal Arts and the Siena Art Institute took a trip to Umbria. They explored the historic city of Perugia and also stopped by the giant lake Trasimeno, enjoying beautiful blue skies!
Exploring the Tempo Zulu stones with Bernardo Giorgi, we also had the chance to meet master stone-carver Emilio Frati!
We hope you can join us this evening at 6pm for an artist’s talk with Madhya Leghari, current artist-in-residence at the Siena Art Institute! Free and open to the public, presentation in English. See you there! 🙂
Looking at the “Walk of Destiny” projects, kicking off our Intro Unit with students from the Siena School for Liberal Arts and the Siena Art Institute.
Painting Professor Franca Marini led our visit to the City Archives, seeing the important Biccherne tablets and other highlights of the collection. We also were able to enjoy the view from the archives balony overlooking Piazza del Campo, and other spots in the neighborhood like the Contrada of the Civetta.
Bernardo Giorgi and Irene Lupi led our intro session for the Art & Society course with our newly-arrived Spring 2020 participants.
Exploring and finding inspiration in the city of Siena and it’s surrounding territory, one important source of inspiration is the book “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino (born 1923 Cuba, died 1985 in Siena)
We looked at several references of contemporary artworks inspired by Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” including the short digital animation by Mario Pietro Brioschi:
…and the site-specific opera at the Los Angeles train station:
… and a longer video on the opera project:
On Sunday Jan 26 we travelled to the hilltop town of San Gimignano with our newly-arrived students from the Siena Art Institute & Siena School for Liberal Arts. The day included a group lunch together and a guided tour of the city led by our Program Director Miriam Grottanelli de Santi.
We were able to see two contemporary art exhibits by KIKI SMITH & JOSÉ ANTONIO SUÁREZ LONDOÑO organized by Galleria Continua.
If you weren’t able to join us in person, here is a little video to give you a glimpse of San Gimignano from above:
It’s amazing that 2020 is here: the start of a new decade!
Our study abroad students arrive Jan 24 2020 for the start of our Spring 2020 semester at the Siena School for Liberal Arts and the Siena Art Institute! We are looking forward to our semester ahead!!
For details on our semester calendar, click here.