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The ancient and the modern

Florence has benefitted from extensive measures of preservation. Architecture built hundreds of years ago remains sturdy and resistant, and has found a new life in the modern world. Telephone wires, gutters, satellite dishes, and more are indicators of modernity on a medieval structure. Contemporary Florence, therefore, is about the marriage of the antiquity and the modern.

Photo essay by NYU Florence student

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Sketching Florence

As an architect I enjoy traveling and exploring new places, cultures, art, and architecture. I record all of my experiences in sketchbooks that I carry with me everywhere I go. Within its pages I create an archive that documents the places I go, the people I meet, and the things I find. I feel that drawing, meeting people, and collecting things leave a much more lasting impression in our memories than photos taken by our phones or cameras. – Nasser Alzayani

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In the World of Video Games, Has the Renaissance Returned?

The Tate Museum in London has teamed up with the makers of  videogame Minecraft to create a new project called ‘Tate Worlds’, which features a series of illusory ‘minecraft’ worlds inspired by art works in the gallery’s collection. In his article ‘Minecraft at Tate: In Gaming, the Renaissance has Returned‘ published on November 24 in The Guardian, journalist and art critic Jonathan Jones argues that this new project is inspired by some of the principles that underpinned the Renaissance, “Video games have recreated one of art’s oldest impulses.”