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Living Museums: Reflections on The Museum Experience Abroad

Rosemary Faircloth

My study abroad journey began in the United States during my sophomore year of college, two years before I arrived in Florence. I decided to take my first art history class (the Italian Renaissance) due to my general interest in art and history. Instead of simply enjoying the class and then moving on, I fell in love with the art of the Renaissance. I longed to see Michelangelo’s David, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. Seeing these works through a textbook simply was not enough, I knew I needed to go to Italy and discover this art in its place of origin. Thus, I declared my major in Art History and I began preparing to study abroad in Florence…

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