M.A. in Italian Renaissance Art

Since 1964, the Department of Art & Music Histories (formerly the Department of Fine Arts) at Syracuse University has offered a unique Master of Arts program devoted to the study of Italian Renaissance art. This is the oldest and most prestigious MA art history program accredited in the United States where most of the study—two of three semesters—is conducted in Italy. It offers highly motivated students an unparalleled opportunity to carry out advanced, original research grounded in the first-hand examination of art, architecture, and urban settings. This experience serves as a point of departure for employment in a variety of art- and culture-related fields or continued studies in a PhD program.

The small size of the Program (approximately six participants per year) ensures that professors work closely with each student, creating a dynamic intellectual experience.

Students who are accepted to the Program are offered various levels of financial support that consist of:

  • Florence Fellowships (full tuition and a generous stipend)
  • Kress-Florence Legacy Fellowships (partial tuition and a substantial stipend)
  • Partial tuition scholarships

Although the Florence MA Program’s focus is early modern Italian art, students are encouraged to think broadly about the period and the discipline of art history. Via seminars that are led by internationally recognized scholars and conservators, students carefully analyze artistic styles and techniques, undertake detailed considerations of original audiences and settings, and closely study original documents and texts. In addition, they engage with the history and practice of art conservation, art historical theories, methods, and historiography, the collection and display of art, and the ways in which the visual culture of the period relates to larger Mediterranean and global historical and artistic contexts.

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