Italian Art: An Unforgettable Encounter
Instructor: Justo J. Sánchez
July 28 - August 10

Vibrant and alive, the arts are ever-present in Assisi, connecting the human and the divine. Participants study the town’s rich and often ignored Roman past, the cathedral of San Rufino as well as the area’s lesser known churches. In the Pinacoteca, we discover unknown Giotteschi and Umbrian Renaissance painters. The Romanesque-Gothic Basilica of San Francesco is a laboratory of vital artistic creativity with two levels of magnificent frescoes by Cimabue, Simone Martini, Lorenzetti and Giotto. The visit includes the Treasury Museum. The group takes time to visit the 12th century monastery of San Damiano, the Pinacoteca, the Porziuncola and its adjoining museum. Traveling the beautiful Umbrian countryside, our journey continues with the Etruscan and Roman treasures in Perugia and Arezzo. Ours is a voyage from the Etruscans to Piero, Perugino and Pinturicchio getting acquainted in the process with the lesser-known masters. This is an adventure “on the go” —asking questions and establishing a dialogue with one another through the medium of leading masterpieces where together we create a dynamic, informal, interactive, moveable space to discuss aesthetics, art practice, vision, technique, institutions, rituals and spirituality.

There is a transportation surcharge for excursions outside of Assisi.
Gratuities, museum fees, and guided tours where the instructor is not allowed are not included.

Justo J. Sánchez an award-winning cultural journalist, has consulted for Sotheby's and important galleries in the US and abroad. Mr. Sanchez graduated from Harvard and studied art history at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts. He taught at the University of Florida's New World School of the Arts. His students have shown at the Whitney Biennial and are represented by serious international galleries. While teaching, he published humanities textbooks. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, NPR, BBC, CBC, among others, on cultural and sociopolitical matters. Mr. Sanchez is currently a lecturer in museums, art institutions, and, recently, at Art Palm Beach and Miami International Art Fair. He studied trecento art under Colin Eisler at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.

“Justo is a compelling and inspiring critic with a true passion for visual expression and its intersection with cultural politics.”
—Carla Funk, Director, University Museums, Foosaner Museum of Art,
formerly with the Metropolitan Museum’s The Cloisters.

“Justo Sanchez, objectively a great critic.”
—Fernando de Szyszlo, modern art master, MoMA, Guggenheim,
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, OAS Museum, professor at Cornell and Yale,
books by Dore Ashton and Bruno Corá,

“Justo Sanchez's lectures and presentations at the Palm Beach International Fairs have been intellectually stimulating and informative to our collectors. He is an art history scholar and instills his passion to our audiences.”
—Lee Ann Lester, Founder of Art Miami, Artpalmbeach,
Palm Beach American International Fine Fair, Director Next Level Fairs.

“It is my considered opinion that Mr. Sanchez is truly an expert in the field of art history, capable of profound and insightful analyses in a very wide range of topics and periods.”
—Roberto Borlenghi, President at Pan American Art Group Inc., Texas and Florida;
President at Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Inc., PAAP Gallery.

“Justo Sanchez makes art history come alive! I had the distinct pleasure of having Justo as a professor during my studies at New World School of the Arts in Miami. His depth and breadth of the subject combined with a unique presentation style made all his lectures extremely engaging.”
—Contemporary artist Julie Davidow (National Museum of Women in the Arts,
Mass MOCA, PAMM, reviewed in Art Papers.)

Giotto: Ecstasy of St Francis, Fresco, Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi
Pietro Lorenzetti, Mourning, (detail) Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi
Simone Martini: Consecration of the Chapel, (detail) Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi