Program Details

From the end of 1400-and for more than two centuries-Rome became the political, religious and cultural center of Europe. The presence of the Papal Court played a central role in the development of the city, attracting the most prestigious men of letters,
Location:
Rome, Italy; Florence, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
This introductory course surveys major monuments and the principle works of art produced in Renaissance and Baroque Rome. Throughout the class lectures and the site visits, we will focus on the protagonists of the High Renaissance (Bramante, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael) as well as the central characters of the Baroque (Annibale Carracci, Caravaggio, Guido Reni, Bernini and Borromini). By considering the fundamentals of art history through formal and iconographic analysis, we will explore the historical and religious contexts, the continuation and transformation of the ideals, the role of the artist in the society and its relationship to the patrons.

From the end of 1400-and for more than two centuries-Rome became the political, religious and cultural center of Europe. The presence of the Papal Court played a central role in the development of the city, attracting the most prestigious men of letters, painters, sculptors and architects. This era was characterized by crucial changes, culminating in religious and social reform, scientific discoveries, new political assets and the emergence of the Modern State system.

Lectures are mainly shaped as interactive-learning classes aiming to have students directly engaged with the course material, professor and classmates. This format includes a combination of traditional frontal lectures with more engaging student-centered lectures, featuring group discussions, exercises, and short activities to maximize the learning opportunities. Students will engage with the class material through reading assignments and active participation designed to enrich their academic curriculum with a stimulating cross-cultural experience in a foreign Country and gain a deeper understanding of a global, and multicultural, past and present. Three short assignments will be due prior to departure: An Introduction to Rome, Life of Raphael, and Life of Caravaggio. All students in the program will take a final exam.
Setting Description:
Cultural Activities: Rome: A Walk through Renaissance Rome Villa Farnesina, Tempietto at S. Pietro in Montorio, Fountain of Paul V, Rome from the Janiculum Hill Michelangelo’s Moses at S. Pietro in Vincoli, S. Maria degli Angeli, S. Maria sopra Minerva, Palazzo Altemps and the Ludovisi Collection Basilica of S. Maria in Aracoeli, Piazza del Campidoglio, Palazzo Senatorio and Capitoline Museums Basilica of San Pietro Vatican Museums S. Agostino in Campo Marzio, S. Luigi dei Francesi, S. Maria del Popolo The Gesù, S. Ignazio, S. Andrea della Valle, The Chiesa Nuova and the Oratorio dei Filippini Villa Borghese on the Pincian Hill Quirinal Hill. S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, S. Andrea al Quirinale, Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Teresa in S. Maria della Vittoria Piazza Navona, S. Agnese in Agone, S. Maria della Pace, S. Ivo alla Sapienza, Galleria Doria Pamphilj. Florence: S. Maria Novella, Duomo (S. Maria del Fiore), Orsanmichele, Palazzo Signoria (Vecchio) in Piazza Signoria, S. Croce, Acc
Cost:
The cost will be posted on the program site in December.

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