This required course provides a broad overview of the history, culture, and art of Rome from antiquity to the modern era. Classroom instruction, conducted at Accent International’s Rome Study Center, will complement visits to different sites in the city of Rome and its environs, Florence, Naples, Pompeii, and Sicily. Visits to art exhibitions, museums, archaeological sites, and churches will be woven into the fabric of the class. The formation of great art collections, like those of the Borghese Gallery, the Vatican Museums, and the Capitoline collections will be examined. Students will be expected to write about art from all historical epochs and provide critical analyses of museum displays and exhibitions.
Pre-requisite: ARHS 110 or 111 or equivalent is highly recommended, but not required.
Taught by Professor Dabakis (.5 Units)
Rome served as a vibrant intellectual and cultural center during the nineteenth century. American artists and writers gravitated to the city in search of inspiration, camaraderie, and adventure. As an interdisciplinary enterprise, this seminar seeks to understand Rome as a mythic encounter with a “romantic arcadia,” as a historical sight for political independence, and as a cosmopolitan home to an international coterie of artists and writers. The writings of Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James will serve as the focus of our literary study. The significance of Rome to visual artists will be a central component of our study.
Pre-requisite: One ARHS 110 or 111 or equivalent.
ARTS 291 ST: The City as Collage
Taught by Professor Snouffer (.5 Units)
This course will utilize the city of Rome as inspiration for aesthetically merging the past with the present. We will experiment with varied collage techniques, using mixed-media materials as vehicles of expression. Foundational elements of design and composition, along with craft, will be explored to creatively manipulate imagery and surfaces. Each student will build a collage archive by collecting materials from such sources as Roman flea markets, food markets, used book vendors and antique shops, to name a few. Possible projects include: creating a “Renaissance Selfie”; utilizing Roman texts and illustrations as material for a contemporary form of Italian Futurism; exploring the Tiber River as inspiration for "The River as Metaphor"; creating a journal of Roman maps and paths of travel through the city. We will study the development of collage throughout art history. Additionally, we will visit contemporary art galleries, monuments and museums, including the MAXXI. The class will look at historical and contemporary international artists with a focus on those of Italian origin. All of these rich references will encourage each student to discover a uniquely individual visual language.
Pre-requisite: One ARTS 101-108 is highly recommended, but not required.