Athena’s Florence campus at Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici has joined forces with Florence-based Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli-International Center for the Arts and Entertainment to make available to the city, and internationally to future generations, the artistic and cultural heritage of Zeffirelli’s 70-year career.
Starting in the 2019-20 academic year, the partnership will offer new courses at Athena’s LdM Florence in performing arts, literature, media arts and studies, and more. For example, students will have the opportunity to approach masterpieces of world literature, such as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Dante’s The Divine Comedy, from an interdisciplinary perspective, discovering how they have been interpreted in different media, inspiring renderings in movies, figurative arts, music and more. Inspired by Zeffirelli’s multifaceted career, students will delve into the magic of visual and performing arts, exploring from a privileged point of view the diverse professional paths originating from them.
LdM, the Italian educational institution with campuses in Florence, Rome and Tuscania, was founded in 1973 and is recognized as a top academic institution in Italy. Zeffirelli’s International Center for the Arts and Entertainment, supported by Maestro Zeffirelli himself until his death this year on June 15, is located in the heart of Florence. Its archives include his film productions, as well as his works of drama, opera and ballet; the archives offer an exclusive opportunity to LdM students to embark on an artistic journey.