Courses Taught at Palazzo Rucellai
Art History Special Topics: Leonardo da Vinci and Art History Special Topics: Michelangelo.
Symbolism and Meaning in Renaissance Art (1300-1600)
History of Italian Art, II: Michelangelo to Bernini
Ancient Art: Image and Text (honors)
The Art of Florence in Context: Masters and Monuments
Leiden University, The Netherlands, PhD (Italian Renaissance Art: Leonardo da Vinci).
Rotterdam, The Kunsthal (1996): adviser exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: artist, scientist, inventor.
Professor of Art History, University of Amsterdam (2000-2002).
Haarlem, The Teylers Museum (2005): Curator of comprehensive Michelangelo Drawings Exhibition (in collaboration with the British Museum, London, and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford).
Currently director of the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence and professor of Art History at Utrecht University, the Netherlands
I seek to 'open' the students' eyes to the fascinating world of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to inspire enthusiasm for the multifarious aspects of Renaissance art and to further the development of critical thinking and judgment. The most memorable moments are realized when in class students get into lively debates and raise fresh, new questions concerning the matters under discussion.
Overall, students should bring a desire to learn and know more about Italy and Italian culture, and the appreciation that studying in Florence provides them with a unique opportunity to learn in and out of the clasroom and satisfy that desire and to travel and to meet like-minded fellow students.