European Art History Study Abroad 2011
[In the face of a particularly stressful semester, I had more or less decided to let the blog go, but after fielding queries from several generous readers regarding its status, I’ve decided to recommit myself to the Art History Salon. That said, I’d love to post guest blogs, so please feel free to contact me if you’d like to participate . . . I’d happily adopt the original role of the salonnière, which was to merely facilitate conversations and work to foster communities.]
One of the matters I’ve been consumed with of late is organizing a European art history study abroad program for spring term. Knowing that most of the readers of this blog are current and former students who have participated in such programs, I’m hopeful that I can get suggestions on must-see museums and sites. I want this trip to be a mix of the expected (the Louvre) and the unexpected (Musée Gustave Moreau), and while I definitely have opinions about where to go (Stonehenge at dawn) and what to see (every Caravaggio we can feast our eyes upon), I’d love to hear from you as to your favorite art-related places in Italy, England, and France. Suggestions regarding good restaurants, parks (my kids will be with us for the first part of the trip), shops, and so on are also welcome.
We’ll be in the following places: Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Florence, Siena, Venice, Milan, London, Bath, Salisbury, Paris, Versailles, Chartres (and possibly Chantilly, Fontainebleau, and/or Rouen).
Conversation topic: What are your suggestions as to the not-to-be-missed sites and experiences of Italy, England, and France?