Fairfield University

Religion and Art in Florence, Italy

    Italy: Florence


    RS 205-The course explores the ways in which religious beliefs, ideas, and practices inspired and informed the creation of works of art and considers how sacred art functioned in faith practices and religious communication. The course will include on-site visits to major churches, sacred spaces, and important works of art located in present day Florence. Architects, sculptors, painters, and leading patrons thrived and flourished in Florence during the Renaissance.

    The Roman Catholic religion and its central ideas were a major source of inspiration in the creation of rich and beautiful art during the Renaissance period in Italy. This course explores religious thought in light of its relation to important sacred places and works of religious art in Florence. The course approaches this study of religion and art through the examination of five major themes: sacred space, religious ritual, religious symbol, religious meaning and human suffering, and prayer and spirituality.

    This intensive course will include daily class sessions at the Florence University of the Arts and also regular site visits to church and museum locations in the city of Florence. Class visits will provide the opportunity for group and individual study. Class visits are planned for the churches and monasteries of San Marco, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria Novella, Orsanmichele, Santi Apostoli, Santa Maria Maggiore, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) and Baptistery.

    Program Cost: $3,650 includes: >Tuition for three Fairfield University undergraduate credits >Housing in a small hotel in the historic city center >Roundtrip airport transfer in Florence >Breakfast daily and two lunches >Welcome and farewell dinner >Site visits within the city of Florence >Health insurance >Visa assistance for qualified students

    Religious Studies


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