While walking Florence, one can't help but run into the symbols of the Medici, the great Renaissance family that ruled this city politically during the Renaissance and patronized its prominent artists, including Michelangelo. During this Medici Tour in Florence, led by an art or social historian, we'll focus on the history and patronage of the family, visiting several key sites connected with them, including the Medici Chapels and Medici Palace.
Medici Tour Florence
The Rise and Fall of Medici’s Reign
Leslie Geddes is a PhD candidate in the Art & Archaeology department at Princeton University, specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Originally from San Francisco, CA, she received her BA in art history from Columbia University. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked for some years in contemporary art, running art galleries in San Francisco and Washington, DC. She first worked for Context in Florence while a recipient of a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University\\'s Villa I Tatti. Currently in London researching and writing her dissertation on Leonardo da Vinci\\'s water studies, she makes plenty of time to savor the city\\'s many painting collections and relish its architectural landscape.
Lucia grew up in Rome, where she graduated in 2001 with a thesis on Roman fresco decoration, after which she took part in an internship at the Louvre. In Florence since 2003, she expanded her passion for drawings, thanks to a student's grant at the Longhi Foundation of Art History. She has also continued building on her knowledge of minor arts with a Master's program at the University of Florence and an additional license in wood restoration. In the last few years, Lucia has been strongly interested in the movement of artworks for temporary exhibitions. She has also worked as Chief Curator at the Czech Center Museum in Houston (US) for 9 months, cataloging the collection and collaborating with all museum's cultural activities and promotions.
Born and raised under the shade of Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome in Florence, Siro belongs to an important Tuscan family of art nouveau artists. After a diploma in ceramic decoration obtained in 2000, he has worked in a traditional Florentine workshop. He received his BA at the University of Florence and in 2008 published his research about the Richard-Ginori porcelain production that was commissioned by the vice-king of Egypt for the celebrations of the opening of the Suez Canal. In order to share his passion and love for art, culture, and the Florentine lifestyle, Siro is professionally trained as a tour guide for his hometown.
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