This week we had the chance to visit the Fisiocritici Natural History Museum, inspired by the chapter “Blue of Distance” by Rebecca Solnit in which she discusses the rare blue pigment lapis lazuli. We then visited the Museum of the Tartuca Contrada, located around the corner and showcasing the memoriabilia and regalia of the neighborhood’s centuries of history.
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The Siena Art Institute is participating in a project funded by the European Erasmus+ Program is AARGH!! – Art Against Radicalism and Genocide and for Human-rights!! This is an innovative multi-media, creative arts based youth exchange between five different countries, including UK, Armenia, Georgia, Italy, and Albania. Participants including Siena Art Institute alumni and interns are taking part in small scale multi-media creative arts based activities including painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, photography and video.
A snapshot from our group critique of booklet projects in today’s meeting of the Art & Society class, very happy to have our newly-arrived resident artist join us, Tatana Kellner.
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.