Florence Is Every Artists Dream

Morgan Haskins
Major: Graphic and Printing Science
Book Arts in Italy
Summer I, 2018

Besides the shocking fact that I’m in Italy, studying art (how is this even real??), I would have to say that one of the most shocking elements of this trip so far has been traveling without family. Up until now, I have traveled to a lot of different places, both domestically and internationally. However, I have always been with family, whether it be my parents and my sister or various immediate family members. It’s been strange for me to travel with people I barely know and to experience all this without family as I navigate a new city and attempt to make my own decisions. I do think that they’ve done a great job preparing me for everything out in the world, since now I feel like a confident traveler and I don’t feel intimidated being in another country.

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Image: I (Morgan) loves the colors of the city. Check out this yellow house.

Today was our fourth full day of the trip, and we started studio classes at the Florence School of Fine Arts. It has been absolutely incredible for me to take art classes and to create again and to be surrounded by people who love it just as much as I do. Walking through Florence, you can’t help but feel a surge of inspiration trying to take it all in. Yesterday we visited the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell ’Accademia, which are museums that hold vast collections of renaissance artwork. Something that stood out to me was, before we walked into the Uffizi, our professor told us about something called Stendhal Syndrome, which is when an observer can be overcome by so many emotions when viewing the art that they might suddenly burst into tears. I thought he was joking, but it’s actually a real thing. I didn’t experience this myself, since there were way too many people in each museum for me to actually stand in front of a piece for too long. But I can see why art can affect people this way, since all of the famous pieces that we saw are in every art history book ever, and it’s strange to stand in front of something that’s so important and so historic.

Image: A panoramic view of the entire city of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo.


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