This course provides firsthand, direct knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture through an intensive program of on-site visits in Rome. The course complements the extensive on-grounds teaching in Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture at the University.
The goal of this course is twofold. First, it gives students a deeper understanding of the specificity of objects and sites, that is, their materials, texture, scale, size, proportions, colors, and volumes, all elements that are almost completely lost in classroom teaching, which is entirely based on digital images. Second, it provides students with a full understanding of the importance of original location for the interpretation of Renaissance art. Unlike modern art, Renaissance & Baroque art was originally tied to a defined location and made to serve a specific purpose, be it devotional, civic, or celebratory. Guided by these two notions, the course is based on extensive walks through the urban fabric of Rome and in-depth visits to works of art and architecture.
On-site visits combine lectures with active student participation, so that students practice on-site strategies to analyze, decode, and interpret Renaissance art and architecture through the visual and material clues contained in the works of art themselves.
The course meets daily for approximately 5 hours (excluding breaks and meals). A Graduate Teaching Assistant assists with the teaching schedule and follows daily the work and progress of students, including checking their writing, assisting in the individual visits and in the preparation of the final project.
The program is based in Rome, the capital of Italy. The city of nearly 3 million residents is located along the shores of the Tiber River in the central-western portion of the peninsula. Rome was founded in 753 BCE and is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe. The historic city center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Renaissance & Baroque Rome
ARTH 3255 or ARH 3500; 3 credits
Rome Course Description 2019
This three-credit course, ARTH 3255 ("Renaissance Art on Site") or ARH 3500 ("Special Topics in Architectural History: Renaissance and Baroque Rome"), provides firsthand, direct knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture through an intensive program of on-site visits in Rome.
This course fulfills the Renaissance requirement for Art History students. For College of Arts & Sciences students in the Traditional Curriculum, it fulfills the Fine Arts requirement; in the New Curriculum, ARTH 3255 counts for one of two categories: Artistic, Interpretive, & Philosophical Inquiry and Historical Perspectives.
This program is open to undergraduate students with a strong interest in the history of art and architecture.
Lisa Reilly | firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor of Architectural History, Professor Reilly received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and joined the University of Virginia in 1990. Her most recent book, The Invention of Norman Visual Culture: Art, Patronage, and Dynastic Power will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. She was the Fulbright fellow in the History of Art at the University of York, England in 2015. Currently she is preparing an exhibition on early skyscrapers with Kevin Murphy of Vanderbilt University for the Fralin Museum. Ms. Reilly has taught on site for a wide variety of UVA abroad programs including many previous January terms in Italy.
Larry Goedde | email@example.com
Larry Goedde is Professor of Art History and former Chair of the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. His publications include Tempest and Shipwreck in Dutch and Flemish Art: Convention, Rhetoric, and Interpretation (Penn State Press, 1989), and more recently an essay surveying Renaissance and Baroque landscape traditions in A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and an online exhibition catalogue, "Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman." The essay "'Many Sorts of Sad Sea Disasters': Sea Storms and Shipwrecks in Flemish Golden-Age Painting" appeared this past spring in the catalogue to the exhibition La Flandre et la mer: de Pieter l’Ancien à Jan Brueghel de Velours at the Musée de Flandre in Cassel, France. Larry did his undergraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, and his MA and PhD at Columbia University. At UVA he regularly teaches courses on Italian, Spanish, and French Baroque art and architecture. He also serves as adjunct curator of works on paper at the Fralin Art Museum at Virginia.
Accommodation and Meals
Students will be housed in double-occupancy rooms in a hotel located in the heart of Rome, in a neighborhood with many restaurants and cafes, a short walk to sights including the Pantheon, the Vatican, and the Spanish Steps. Located in what was once a palace for a Roman noble family, the hotel provides free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Accommodation is provided from the night of January 2nd 2018 through the night of January 11th, 2019.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. This program in Italy typically involves walking significant distances each day, extensive time spent standing, visits to non-wheel chair accessible areas, and utilizing public transportation and buses that do not offer assistance. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should consult http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en for visa and entry requirements, and meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.