ART495 Art and Design in Europe. Arr Cr. 3. Prereq: 494, permission of instructor. International study abroad program in western Europe. Visits to design studios, art museums, and educational facilities. Related activities depending on specific area of study which may vary each time offered. Tour expenses to be paid by the student.

A. Fine Arts
I. Interior Design

Instructor: Claud and Shirlee Singer, ISU
Terry Rossi Kirk, PhD, Rome

Course Description

"The Art of Rome" is an introductory course to the study of the history of art and the history of the city of Rome from its foundation to the present. Concentrating on works of art and architecture in the city, all lessons focus on themes that can be understood through continuous on-site study. Masterpieces of painting, sculpture, architecture and urbanism, from Etruscan, ancient Roman, Early-Christian and Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern and contemporary periods will be examined with attention to their specific historical contexts and their contributions to the historical continum of Roman culture. As an introduction to the study of art history and artistic expression, an understanding of stylistic and iconographic meanings are a fuller comprehension of our experience of Rome and its art.


Virgil, The Aeneid
The Bible, selections
Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artists, vol. 1
Filippo Baldinucci, Life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini

The above selections are available in a compiled course xerox booklet, "Four Contemporary Sources on the Art of Rome," supplied.

Christopher Hibbert, Rome, The Biography of a City

Schedule of Classes

Each lessson begins with an orientation slide lecture in the classroom and continues with an on-site visit.

1. Introduction to the study of art history and of Rome Methodologies, essential chronology, historical overview
Site visit: the Pantheon
Introduction to ancient Roman culture and art

Assignment: exercise in the description of visual expressions

2. The origins of the Ancient Roman City Etruscan, Greek and early Roman art and architecture
Site visit: Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: institutional structure and architectural types
Readings: Virgil, Hibbert

Assignment: exercise in analysis of a work of art

3. Roman Imperialism Socio-political contexts, function of public art
Sculpture, architecture and urbanism in service of the state
Site visit: Imperial Fora and the Colosseum
Readings: Virgil, Hibbert

Assignment: exercise in interpretation and synthesis

4. Early Christian and Medieval Rome The transformation of iconography, style and technique
Site Visit: Arch of Constantine, San Clemente, Santa Maria Maggiore
Relief sculpture, mosaic, new architectural types

Readings: The Bible, Hibbert

5. Renaissance of Rome, #1 Aspiration and Reality in Renaissance vision: Painting
Site visit: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
lead by Dr. Cunnally
Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and papal patronage

Readings: the Bible, Vasari, Hibbert

Mid-term examination

6. Renaissance of Rome, #2

Reshaping the city: theory of perspective and architecture
Site visit: Palazzi of the city center, Venezia, Farnese, Capitoline
Alberti, Bramante, Michelangelo

Readings: Vasari, Hibbert

7. Counter-Reformation and the birth of the Baroque Councils of Trent and the Triumph of the church
Site visit: San Luigi dei Franacesi, Piazza Navon, Piazza del Popolo
revolutions from Caravaggio to Bernini

Readings: Balduniccu, Hibbert

8. The High Baroque City Urbanism and the theatrical conceits
Site visit: Churches by Bernini and Borromini, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain
Papal patronage, enlargment of the sphere of the arts

Readings: Baldinucci, Hibbert

9. Early Modernism and the arts of Rome Modern theories in art and the effect of history
Site visit: Piazza Venezia Monument, Via dei Fori Imperiali, E.U.R.
Archeology, history and eclecticism, Neo-Classicism

Readings: Hibbert

10. Contemporary Rome Discussion of the problems and controversies of contemporary art, architecture and urbanism in Rome of the Jubilee of 2000
Assignment: final paper and student presentations

Final Examination

Student Output

Projects and Grading Percentages

1. Three periodic assignments (5% each) 15%

Assignments on description, analysis and interpretations of individual works of art; honing skills of observation, research and synthesis
2. Mid-term examination 10%

3. Team reports
10% Walking tours assigned teams in Ames. Oral in class presentations and on-site tours.
4. Library Internet Research 35% Preliminary outline or individual research project in Rome. (5%)
Term paper or oral presentation (30%)

5. Final Exam 25%

6. Class participation and attendance 5%

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