A long-time resident of Florence, Jane Zaloga teaches art and architectural history at Syracuse University in Florence. She first came to Italy to study architecture as an undergraduate in Rome and later came back as a master’s and PhD student in Florence. She lives in the center of Florence and considers herself as having the great good fortune of having a job where she gets to share her love for the art and the architecture of Italy by working with students onsite in her adopted hometown.
When thinking about three iconic Florentine buildings that best exemplify its architecture, these words come to mind, which were used by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius to set the standard for good architecture: Firmitas, let’s translate that as permanence; Utilitas, as functionality; and Venustas, as beauty or delight. Firmitas | permanence | The […]