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Exhibition: The Italian Way, Lessons From the Masters for Our Time — Opens
October 20–November 10, 2018
The Italian Way presents paintings and sketchbooks created by students who were participants in FIT’s month-long study abroad program in Florence, Italy. The students—sophomores, juniors, and seniors—are from the Fine Arts, Illustration, Packaging Design, and Graphic Design departments within the School of Art and Design at FIT. The goal of the study abroad program is to build a bridge between the art of the Italian Renaissance and these young, contemporary artists.
Students were taught to paint with egg tempera, the medium of choice for many Renaissance artists. Egg tempera was then used to create all of the paintings in this exhibition, though students were not required to produce a finished painting. Instead, it was important that they experience firsthand what the artists of the Renaissance did to create their masterpieces. Through the process, students gained a better understanding and enhanced appreciation of the work and the craftsmanship of artists during 15th-century Italy.