Just down the block from the Siena Art Institute here in the city’s historic center, we visited the Fisiocritici Museum to explore their cabinets of curiosities. The Accademia de’ Fisiocritici was founded in 1691, and their museum showcases diverse collections, packed with all kinds of objects and specimines in antique cabinets with handwritten labels: it’s a museum that belongs in a museum!
Today we visited the Tartuca Contrada Museum, exploring local traditions and crafts, and learning about the history of our neighborhood. Our special guide was architect Annunziata de Comite, who was able to discuss the design process of the space, using a contemporary approach to showcase the heritage of the neighborhood and its multi-layered history.
There’s an exciting line-up of residents who will be guests of the Siena Art Institute for the Spring 2019 season. Throughout the year, professional artists and writers are in residence at the Siena Art Institute to pursue independent projects and to serve as inspirations to our program participants. 2019 residents include:
- Caoilinn Hughes, writer, Ireland, February 2019
- Susan Barbour, poet, scholar, artist, perfumer, March 2019
- Luise Sejersen, visual artist, Denmark, April 2019
- Boaz Aharonovitch, visual artist, Israel, May 2019
For more information on previous and upcoming residents at the Siena Art Institute, visit: https://www.sienaart.org/Residencies/Recent-Upcoming-Visiting-Artists-Residents/
(Caoilinn Hughes headshot photo credit Danijel Mihajlović)
Caoilinn Hughes’ debut novel Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld 2018) was shortlisted for the 2018 Butler Literary Award. Her poetry collection Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014) won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award and was shortlisted for four other prizes. She won The Moth International Short Story Prize 2018. A fellow of the James Merrill House, the Bogliasco Foundation, Faber and La Napoule Art Foundation, she has been awarded a Tin House Workshop Scholarship, a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and The Ireland Funds Monaco Award. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Tin House, POETRY, The Stinging Fly, BBC Radio3 and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and she was recently Visiting Writer at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
For more information on Caoilinn Hughes:
After a great Fall semester, we are looking ahead to the start of our Spring 2019 semester, which will begin on Thursday January 24th and will run through May 17th!
Spring is a very exciting time to be here in Tuscany. For some general tips about springtime activities, you can find more info through the Tuscan tourism portal “Discover Tuscany”: