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News and Announcements: Graduate Programs

Florence Graduate Program in Italian Renaissance Art

Tuesday, September 15, 2020  
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Since 1964, the Department of Art & Music Histories at Syracuse University has offered a unique Master's program devoted to the study of Italian Renaissance art based in Florence. This is the oldest M.A. art history program accredited in the United States where most of the study—two of three semesters—is conducted in Italy.

Although the Florence MA Program’s focus is early modern Italian art, students are encouraged to think broadly about the period and the discipline of art history. Via seminars that are led by internationally recognized scholars and conservators, students carefully analyze artistic styles and techniques, consider issues related to original audiences and settings, and closely study archival documents and early modern texts. In addition, they engage with the history and practice of art conservation, art historical theories, methods, and historiography, the collection and display of art, and the ways in which the visual culture of the period relates to larger Mediterranean and global historical and artistic contexts. 

The small size of the Program (approximately six participants per year) ensures that professors work closely with each student to create a rigorous and dynamic intellectual experience. We are pleased to offer various levels of financial support that consist of:

  1. Florence Fellowships (full tuition and a generous stipend)
  2. Kress-Florence Legacy Fellowships (partial tuition and a substantial stipend)
  3. Partial tuition scholarships

For more information, please go to: or contact Sally Cornelison at:

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