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.
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
Students arrive in Rome; Introduction to the city and the Renaissance
Visits to Vatican Museum, St. Peter's, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, S. Maria sopra Minerva; Welcome Dinner
Visits to S. Carlino, S. Andrea al Quirinale, Spanish Steps, S. Maria del Popolo, New Ara Pacis Museum, S. Agostino, S. Luigi dei Francesci,
Visit to Galleria Borghese; afternoon departure for Florence by train
Visits to S. Maria Novella, S Croce; Epiphany parade
Visits to Palazzo Davanzati, Duomo and Baptistery
Visits to Museo del Duomo, and Ospedale degli Innocenti
Visits to Medici Palace, San Marco and Museo, San Lorenzo, Accademia
Day Trip to Siena
Visits to Bargello, Piazza Vecchio, Uffizi,
Visits to Piazza della Signora, S. Maria del Carmine, Santo Spirito
Visits to Santa Felicita, San Michele in Visdomini, Santa Trinita; Farewell Dinner
Students depart for the U.S.
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed
Winter 201: $3365
Tuition (3 credits)
Double occupancy in hotels; breakfast included
Pasta making class and dinner
Excursions and entry to museums and varies sites as indicated in the itinerary
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.