Monday, January 19, 2015

The Art of Devotion: Summer Courses in Florence at the School of Sacred art






The Annunciation
Lessons of the Florentine Masters

“The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
And she was conceived by the Holy Ghost”

The City of Florence is rich in the variety of those works based on The Annunciation the announcement to the Virgin Mary that she was to be the Mother of God and the announcement to all human kind that unto us a Savior shall be given! The School of Sacred Art in Florence, Italy offers a two week intensive course focusing on the theme “The Annunciation” and the abundant lessons of this theme taught to us by the examples of Florentine Masters. This course of study will be instructed by Anthony Visco, liturgical artist and designer.  Participants will study and how the Florentine culture within Catholic context produced the great masterpieces devoted to the Annunciation, and hence, the art of the Incarnation.

Presented as a series of studio classes in disegno, students will work from life models using a variety of poses to assure each student of vast range of compositional choices. Through studio workshops, site visits to witness works of the Annunciation in situ, as well as scriptural readings and meditations, participants will gain first hand knowledge and practice by experiencing these works within the liturgical context for which they were and are designed and, in particular, how they continue to speak to us of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Incarnation of Christ.

Our studies will include:
1. Fra Angekico Da Vinci
2. Botticelli / Ghirladaio
3. Ghiberti / The North Doors
4. Donatello /Santa Croce /
5. Leonardo da Vinci / The Tuscan Landsacpe
6. Simone Martini / Actual and Implied Light
7. Verrocchio  / Or San Michele /  Paneggio /Drapegio
8. Donatello / Pazzi Chapel / Relievo: Acual and Implied Space
9. Luca della Robbia /Signs and Synbols of the Annunciation
10. Andrea del Sarto / Pontormo / Cangiante

For eurther information please call or write

Anthony Visco at: viscosacredarts@gmail.com

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