Alana Michaels in Rome, Italy

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Art 357: Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Florence, Rome and Venice: Rethinking Renaissance Visual Culture
This course explores the complexity, innovation, and magnificence of two centuries of Italian Renaissance history through its visual production. The goal is to challenge the established understanding of the Renaissance as a cohesive and homogenous phenomenon, and to search for and construct our notion of aesthetic language and identity. This course is offered every other year.

Art 379: Rome: The Development of the City
Students spend four weeks exploring the city of Rome: its urban plan, its architecture, its art, and its history. No other city presents the same wealth of evidence for continuous occupation of a single site over a 3000-year period. Students investigate Rome from the days of its earliest settlement of the Capitoline and Palentime Hills, ca. 1000 BCE, up through construction of the city's latest major cultural attraction, Museo di Arte del XXI Secolo also known as MAXXI, completed in 2010. Along the way they will examine the city's expansion under the Roman Empire, it's decline in the Medieval period, the rebirth of the Rennaisance and massive elaboration in the Baroque period, and finally the affects of Modernism, Fascism, and the post-modern developments of the 19th and 21st centuries.

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