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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Hotel
Number of Credits Offered: 3 Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Art History, Sociology, Honors, Anthropology, History, Integrative Studies
Fulfills Mason Core Requirement: Yes Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:
Renaissance Art and Culture

Renaissance Art and Culture in Italy

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


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.


Double or triple occupancy in hotels

Program Itinerary*

Day Activity
Day 1 Students arrive in Rome; Introduction to the city and the Renaissance
Day 2 Visits to Vatican Museum, St. Peter's, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, S. Maria sopra Minerva; Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Visits to S. Carlino, S. Andrea al Quirinale, Spanish Steps, S. Maria del Popolo, New Ara Pacis Museum, S. Agostino, S. Luigi dei Francesci,
Day 4 Visit to Galleria Borghese; afternoon departure for Florence by train
Day 5      Visits to S. Maria Novella, S Croce; Epiphany parade
Day 6    Visits to Palazzo Davanzati, Duomo and Baptistery
Day 7 Visits to Museo del Duomo, and Ospedale degli Innocenti
Day 8 Visits to Medici Palace, San Marco and Museo, San Lorenzo, Accademia
Day 9 Day Trip to Siena
Day 10 Visits to Bargello, Piazza Vecchio, Uffizi,
Day 11 Visits to Piazza della Signora, S. Maria del Carmine, Santo Spirito
Day 12-13                  Free Days
Day 14                Visits to Santa Felicita, San Michele in Visdomini, Santa Trinita; Farewell Dinner
Day 15 Students depart for the U.S.

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Program Cost

Winter 201: $3365

Contact Information

Program Officer

Laura Scobey
Laura Scobey

Academic Director

Lisa Bauman
Lisa Passaglia Bauman

Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.