In Rome, we'll focus on the three masters of the Baroque: painter Caravaggio, sculptor Bernini, and architect Borromini. Through them, we'll explore the naturalism of Caravaggio versus his contemporaries; how High Baroque differed from its earlier incarnation; what was meant by bel composto, the rivalry between Borromini and Bernini, the hidden symbolism in Borromini's architecture... and much more.
- Caravaggio's works in Rome in situ in churches, including those that catapulted him to fame in the city: 'The Calling of St. Matthew,' ‘The Inspiration of St. Matthew,’ and ‘The Martyrdom of St. Matthew.’ as well as ‘The Conversion of St. Paul’ and ‘The Crucifixion of St. Peter’
- Bernini’s ‘Daniel’ and ‘Habakkuk’ and his city monuments including his world-renowned fountains
- The Villa Borghese
- Bernini's infamous 'The Ecstasy of San Theresa'
- Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola, built for the Jesuit Order, with Andrea Pozzo’s great illusionistic ceiling.
- Borromini's fascinating churches San Ivo and San Carlo
We will also go on a day trip to the stunning hilltop town of Orvieto in green, green Umbria. There we'll explore the Cathedral with its early Renaissance art and other highlights.
Includes return travel to Orvieto from Rome.