Immerse yourself in the life and times of the world’s most famous artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti, on this week-long Specialty tour. Trace the artist’s breathtaking work in Florence, where he lived for much of his life, and in Rome where he worked under the patronage of the Papacy. Enjoy special exclusive access to sites and people, providing in-depth insight into Michelangelo as a Renaissance master of sculpture, painting, and architecture.

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 Michelangelo’s early <i>Pieta</i> in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican  Michelangelo's <i>David</i> in the Accademia in Florence  Michelangelo's iconic Sistine Chapel ceiling   The vast interior of St. Peter’s Basilica   View of St. Peter's Basilica

The Genius of Michelangelo

Artist, Architect, and Renaissance Master

9 days from $5,695

Immerse yourself in the life and times of the world’s most famous artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti, on this week-long Specialty tour. Trace the artist’s breathtaking work in Florence, where he lived for much of his life, and in Rome where he worked under the patronage of the Papacy. Enjoy special exclusive access to sites and people, providing in-depth insight into Michelangelo as a Renaissance master of sculpture, painting, and architecture.

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Experts

Oct 16 - 24, 2021 Departure; Nov 6 - 14, 2021 Departure
Jane Zaloga

Jane Zaloga

Jane Zaloga is an art and architectural historian who has been living and working in Florence, Italy for more than 20 years.  Jane is an engaging and very popular professor at the Syracuse University program in Florence and she has worked with several other U.S. university programs in Italy, including, among others, NYU, Stanford, and Florida State.  In particular, she has taught courses on High Renaissance Art and on Renaissance Architecture, both of which allow her students to explore in depth various aspects of Michelangelo’s life, times, and career.

In addition, she lectures and has led tours for various cultural and educational programs, including our very own Smithsonian Museum, the Muscarelle Museum of Art, YPO, and Trinity College.  Her tours have included private lectures in front of Michelangelo’s monumental sculpture of David in the Accademia Museum in Florence and in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican.

Jane is a true Renaissance woman, with degrees in business administration, architecture, and art history and she has studied at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Syracuse University, and the University of Notre Dame where she spent a year studying architecture in Rome. She has published on the pavements of the Florentine Duomo and has won several grants and fellowships, including the prestigious Fulbright.  

Nov 5 - 13, 2022 Departure; Nov 12 - 20, 2022 Departure
Ross King

Ross King

Dr. Ross King is the best-selling author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. Among his books are Brunelleschi’s Dome (2000), Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling (2002), and Leonardo and The Last Supper (2012). His study of the origins of French Impressionism, The Judgement of Paris, was published in 2006. He has also published a biography of Niccolò Machiavelli and edited a collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s fables, jokes, and riddles. He is the co-author with Anja Grebe of Florence: The Paintings & Frescoes, 1250-1743 (2015), the most comprehensive (and probably the heaviest) book ever undertaken on the art of Florence.

His latest book, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies published in September 2016, marks his return to French Impressionism ten years after his award-winning The Judgement of Paris.

Ross serves on the Council of Academic Advisors for Friends of Florence, the fund-raising charity ensuring the survival of Florence’s art and architectural treasures. He has participated in numerous Friends of Florence study tours throughout Italy, including in Rome, Assisi, and Milan. He is a regular participant in the Italian Renaissance seminars at the Aspen Institute, including programmes on Giotto, St. Francis, and Dante. He has appeared in a number of television documentaries, such as The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (PBS, 2003), Raphael: A Mortal God (BBC, 2004), The Great Cathedral Mystery (Nova, 2014), and Florence’s Invisible City (BBC, 2016).

He has lectured in many American museums, including the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Frick Collection, and the National Gallery of Art. When not traveling for work or pleasure, he lives near Oxford, in England, with his wife Melanie.