ARHI 3316 - Art and Architecture of Rome
Joanna Isaak and Jennifer Udell
This course will examine the art, architecture and culture of Rome over the various epochs of the city's history: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, and Modern. Rome once ruled the entire Mediterranean world, and its cultural legacy looms large in Western civilization. At the heart of this legacy is the city that gave its name to the ancient empire. For almost two thousand years, Rome has been more than a literal place; it has also been an icon of culture, expressing many different characters depending on the era. In the ancient world the city epitomized the earthly splendor of Roman civilization. In the Medieval period its political importance waned, and the city was reduced to a symbolic, spiritual center. In the Renaissance, Humanists and the Papacy sought to re-claim the city's Classical past and re-work it into a new vision of the city as both spiritual and temporal "caput mundi," (head of the world). During the modern period Rome again sought to re-claim its ancient culture while embracing the latest innovation in technology and design. Contemporary Italian art has now moved onto to global stage. There is no better place to study art and architecture than Rome.
During the day Rome will be our classroom as we experience first hand the art, architecture, and culture of four epochs of the city’s history through the lens of its monuments. Indoor class time will be minimal and our primary mode of exploration will be site visits.
We will be taking advantage of the cultural events taking place in the city, musical and theatrical performances, as well as the rich cultural heritage that the city offers, including the practices of contemporary artists. In the evening we can a catch a movie under the stars in an open-air film festival on a tiny island in the middle of the River Tiber, or attend a music concert in the Circus Maximus, the site of ancient chariot races, or go to the opera performed in the open-air ruins of the Baths of Caracalla.
This course fulfills the Fordham Core Fine Arts requirement.
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