Professor Alessandro Ridolfi, who teaches a class on Dynamics for our engineering students, has collaborated on an exciting plan to reopen a pedestrian tunnel beneath Florence’s Arno River as a researcher with the University of Florence’s Department of Industrial Engineering (UNIFI DIEF), working on an underwater robot used to monitor the flooded tunnel (pictured above).
On February 7 four of our students attended Welcome Day 2024 in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s city hall. The event took place in the grandiose Salone dei Cinquecento which is decorated with 16th-century frescoes and Renaissance marble statues. “It was a great event, and I was able to speak to the mayor!” enthused Jean Castilla, who took the photos published here.
Art history professor Jonathan Nelson has co-authored a book that is free to download from here until January 25. Prof. Nelson wrote Risks in Renaissance Art: Production, Purchase and Reception with Harvard economist Richard Zeckhauser, weaving insights from their two disciplines to produce this study. The two also co-wrote The Patron’s Payoff published by Princeton University Press in 2014.
From the publisher’s description:
“Production Risks, for artists, include late and non-payment. … Reception risks arise when art brings shame, not acclaim. … Ignorance afflicts players in the art world who cannot even conjecture important possible outcomes from their actions. … Major losses were common in the Renaissance art world, but these stories were often buried, while successes got proclaimed. This study corrects this rosy record. It recounts dozens of intriguing cases where parties suffered significant losses, and we diagnose the causes. You are encouraged to take a tiny risk: look at this short study presenting a new approach to a well-studied field. Consider the impact of risk on art production in Renaissance Europe and beyond.”
The Syracuse Florence art and architecture departments held another successful exhibit of student work on December 13 in their studios spaces in Piazza Donatello. Kicking off the event was the screening of a documentary following the architecture students on a field trip to the island of Elba. Guests were heard expressing admiration and delight over the skill and talent on display. Students showed work from their classes in painting, drawing, photography, architecture, painting conservation, metalsmithing, and silk screening.
On Friday 1 December 2023 the Villa Rossa hosted the 37th Annual Florence Graduate Symposium in Italian Renaissance Art, where our graduating class of six MA candidates presented the results of their capstone projects.
Northwestern econ major Mary Kate Tracy, who is studying at Syracuse Florence this fall, found out about the Firenze Marathon from her friend who is studying in Madrid. It was the 39th edition of a race that takes place on the last Sunday in November each year.
Syracuse student and Coast Guard member Marisa Ashworth is one of the first four scholarship recipients to attend Syracuse Florence thanks to the generous donation of Daniel D’Aniello. Syracuse University has a long tradition of supporting the US military, as does D’Aniello after whom was named the Institute for Veterans and Military Families on the home campus.
Professor Tulia Gattone, who teaches Globalization, Development, and the Environment, and Jacopo Bertone, who assists our Student Life Office, have an edge over their fellow Italian colleagues here at Syracuse Florence: they have both studied at Syracuse University in New York.
Brent Barbano returned to the Villa Rossa recently to show his mom where he spent such a memorable summer studying abroad. He recounted fond memories of developing black and white photos in a darkroom for class, going on site visits with “Jay Zee” (art history professor Jane Zaloga), and hanging out a lot in Piazza Savonarola in front of the school with his friends.
Italian language professors Alessandra Adriani, Francesca Bea, and Rossella Falciai have published an article in the latest issue of Lingua in Azione, a journal about Italian language instruction, on the differences between the US study-abroad model and the European exchange program Erasmus, using Syracuse Florence as a case study.