Professor Timothy Joseph Allen, adjunct faculty in the Art History program and professional oil painter, led an international group of artists for a seven-day painting workshop at Castello di Potentino, a medieval castle in Tuscany.  Calling it a “Renaissance Retreat”, Prof. Allen designed the experience to focus on painting from life––in the studio from the model and outdoors in the countryside––with the goal of creating an oil portrait in a landscape, as exemplified in many a Renaissance portrait.  The experience also included daily farm-to-table meals, a cooking lesson with a Michelin-star chef, a demonstration on how to make pecorino and ricotta cheese, and tasting of world-class wines made by the owners of the castle. 

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Would you like to learn more about art, in the country that gave birth to the Renaissance?
Come to AUR! We have fully-accredited American bachelor’s degree programs in Art History and Fine Arts!
Featured courses this fall in Art History include:
  • Arts of Renaissance and Baroque
  • Venice in the Renaissance – with field trip to Venice!
  • Van Gogh to Warhol
  • Caravaggio