Program Details

Eligibility This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Non-students are welcome to apply, with space provided in priority to registered students.
Florence, Italy; Siena, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

This course is an introduction to Renaissance art by exploring the historical, political and cultural evolution of Italy between the 14th and the 16th centuries. This overview will be not confined to works of art but will include social and patronage issues, such as the role of the guilds and the differences in private, civic and church patronage, which affected the style, form and content of Italian art.  Students will have the opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of the Italian Renaissance, developing a confident grasp of the material, understanding the relationship between both historical and artistic events and valuing the importance of patronage. As the Renaissance works are often still in their original physical settings, students will have a unique opportunity to experience the works as their original viewers did and as their creators intended.


Program Details

Seeking Approval for the Following:


  • Art History (ARTH) 303: National Traditions
  • Art History (ARTH) 398: Study abroad in the History of Art
  • Art History (ARTH) 340: Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1300-1500 (satisfies Mason Core requirement for Arts)
  • History (HIST) 388: Topics in European History
  • Honors (HNRS) 122: Reading the Arts
  • Sociology (SOCI) 395: Special Topics in Sociology


  • Art History (ARTH) 599: Special Topics in Art History
Included: Tuition (3 credits) Double occupancy in hotels; breakfast included Welcome dinner Pasta making class and dinner Excursions and entry to museums and varies sites as indicated in the itinerary Transportation to Siena and Florence Pre-Departure Orientation International Travel Insurance Not Included: Round-trip airfare Other transportation Most meals Personal spending

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