History of Art Study Trip

Category: Academic, Trips, General

Over half-term, Marlborough's art historians travelled for a week of study to Rome and Naples with their sights firmly focused on the Renaissance and Baroque.

They had a wonderful time and fully embraced the opportunity of seeing key curricular works up close and within their original contexts. The programme was busy and purposeful, but plenty of time was afforded for them to enjoy the attractions of pizzerie, trattorie and gelaterie. These sustained the pupils on intensive days of study in such glorious settings at Palazzo Colonna, Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, the Vatican Museums, and the Museo di Capodimonte.

Highlights of the trip must include the beautiful drowsy conditions on the Roman campagna viewed from the vantage of Tivoli and the gardens at Villa d'Este on a tranquil Sunday morning, the contrasting menace of the weather as we approached Naples with Vesuvius looming darkly over the golden city, and the veritable feast for the eyes afforded by Palazzo Barberini, which had generously opened one of its rooms to allow our pupils to see works normally reserved from public view.

We finished with a high, too, as our last scheduled visit (out of some thirty sites and sights over the week) was to Villa Borghese, with its astonishing free-standing sculptural groups by Bernini and comprehensive collection of works from the great centuries of European art.

Dr Simon McKeown
Head of History of Art

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