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Ravenna

The Italian city of Ravenna served as our first stop on the 2014 ISM Study Tour.  As our itinerary was designed to proceed chronologically through the cultural and artistic transitions of Italian history, we began with Late Antiquity. Ravenna served as the Western Capitol of […]

Essay | Symbols of the Heavens

by Megan Mitchell, M.A.R. ’15, religion and visual art “The faithful will feel a need to daub the symbols of their heavens onto dark cellar walls—to ensure what is around them will fortify the truths within them.” Alain De Botton, The Architecture of Happiness, 112  […]

Florence

Florence was founded by ancient Romans in the 1st century BC and became an important commercial center during imperial times.  The most glorious period of Florentine history came centuries later during the period of the Republic of Florence and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Between […]

Rome

Rome is said to have been founded by the brothers Romulus and Remus in the year 753 BC, although archeological evidence suggests there was a Latin village here from at least the 9th century BC.  The city is one of the oldest named cities in […]

Athens | Kordis Icon Studio

We spent our last afternoon in Athens visiting the studio of artist George Kordis, where he gave a fascinating demonstration of his icon painting process.   We all sat, mesmerized, as he brought figures to life with the expert sweep of a charcoal pencil.  You […]

Essay | New Wines into Old Bottles

by OLIVIA HILLMER, MAR ’12   Leaving behind the suburbs of Athens, we filed slowly into a large open studio flooded with light, nestling into chairs, finding seats on the floor or standing in the back of the room, eventually filling every available space with […]

Istanbul | Hagia Sophia | Blue Mosque | Old City

  Our visit to Istanbul wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to some of its most legendary sites: Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Old City.  Located on the eastern ‘horn’ (on the European side of the city) of Istanbul, these buildings were […]