DR. ALAN PASCUZZI
As described on the "Home" page, Dr. Pascuzzi is a Fulbright scholar with a Ph.D in Renaissance art with specializations in Greek and Roman sculpture, Michelangelo and the drawing, painting and sculpting techniques of the Renaissance masters. The course I undertook with Alan dealt with both the theoretical and practical aspects of Renaissance art in Florence. Morning lectures, which took place in various museums and churches, explored the most important works of art and traced the progression of form, style and content to get a comprehensive view of Renaissance painting and sculpture.
The afternoon session in the studio allowed us to experience first-hand the methods used by the great Renaissance masters. We produced works of art with authentic materials used by Renaissance artists such as silverpoint, fresco and egg tempera. We also had a seminar on gold leafing with a master gold-leafer in his studio. Lauro, who had years of experience in working for the Uffizi museum in Florence, showed us the finer points of gilding and how we could prepare surfaces for gold-leafing and how to apply the fragile sheets of gold. This is an art that is dying out and it was fascinating to see a master at work.
During our two week course, we studied egg tempera painting, silverpointing, frescoe painting, gold-leafing, oil painting, drawing techniques and preparing supports for our works.
We visited the Uffizi Museum, Accademia Museum , Chuch of Santa Croce, Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Bargello Museum, the Medici Chapel, Palazzo Pitti and the Monastry Badia a Passignano to see a little viewed Last Supper of Ghirlandaio. A particular highlight was going to the drawing room of the Uffizi and seeing a drawing by Raphael.
Course fees include all entry fees to Museums and Galleries and Alan supplies all materials.
Alan will recommend reading materials to prepare you for your lessons. His Studio is located on the side of the river which is the artisan section of Florence known as San Frediano. It is about 15 minutes walk from the city centre. It is equipped with a restroom and is near two coffee shops, a bakery, a gelateria and several inexpensive but good restaurants perfect for lunch. We stayed in an appartment owed by a friend of Alan, which was not far from his gallery and was very comfortable.
I cannot stress too highly how much I enjoyed this course. I am not receiving commission from Alan for this promotion, I just feel, it is an experience of a life-time that you will never forget. A friend of mine from Chicago, joined us for the course. She travels extensively and is not an artist herself. She wrote to me after the course to say how much she enjoyed it and how she counted it among the top experiences of her life.
Alan will consider any options that you would like to be contained in your course, including sculpture.
Please feel free to contact either me at the email address shown in our contact details or Alan Pascuzzi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using Alan's formula for drawing figures, we copied a Renaissance drawing
A panel from Ghiberti's doors to the Duomo.