Roma in Situ Application 2013
Roma in Situ
Art History 248 and Classics 248
January and Spring Semester
8 Credits Intensive
Tentative syllabus: January 2013
Roma in situ combines two intensive weeks in January of looking and learning in Rome, with seminar-style meetings in the spring semester to discuss secondary scholarship and present student research. In Rome, the first week will focus on the ancient city, studying the evolving role of public monuments as the republic transformed into an empire. The second week will analyze how post-antique (Early Christian, Renaissance, Baroque, and nineteenth/twentieth-century) art and architecture reference and reconfigure antiquities in order to articulate the agendas of their patrons. The portion of the class conducted in Rome will be rigorous, consisting of approximately 60 hours in fourteen days. There will be three-hour morning and afternoon sessions (approximately 9-12:30 and 1:30-5:00) with half-hour coffee breaks. Lectures at archaeological sites, in museums, or in churches will fill most sessions; others will incorporate time for on-site drawing or exploration. Sessions will begin promptly; no absences will be allowed (except for medical emergencies). Lectures will occur rain or shine. The hours between the end of the afternoon session and dinner (7:30 p.m.) will provide free time to explore Rome and to research topics for the spring semester. In the evening, preparatory discussions might follow our communal dinners. Curfew is 11 PM. During the spring semester, requirements for the class will consist of two presentations (one on texts, one on art), an exam, and a research paper. There will be no make-up tests or extensions for papers. Prerequisites include successful completion of either Roman Art and Architecture (ArtH 210) or Roman Urbanism (ArtH 227), AND ideally one of the following classes: The Roman Revolution (Clas 102), Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome (Hist/Clas 103), Tacitus and Gibbon (Hist/Clas 333), The Early Renaissance (Arth 230), The High Renaissance (Arth 231), or Italian Renaissance Architecture (Arth 232). The class will be limited to fourteen students; priority will be based on academic relevance and intellectual maturity. The cost of the class is circa $2000 to include transportation in Rome, lodging, breakfast, museum admissions, and all but two dinners. Airfare is not included! Financial aid will not assist with travel or the $2000. Informational meetings on academic and logistical details will be held prior to departure. Italian is not required; valid passports, valid Bard IDs, comfortable shoes, flu shots, and permission of the instructor are required. Bringing computers and expensive cameras is discouraged. Credit will only be awarded upon successful completion of both components of the class.
January Syllabus (T=ticket, B= bus)
Day 1: Orientation wall through historic center.
Piazza Navona, (lunch: Lo Zozzone), via del Governo Vecchio, Chiesa Nuova, via del Pellegrino, Cancelleria, Campo de’Fiori (snack: Forno), Pompey’s Theater, Largo Argentina, S. Maria sopra Minerva, Piazza S. Ignazio, Corso, Temple of Hadrian, Pantheon, S. Luigi dei Francesi, Piazza Navona.
Day 2: The Campus Martius from Romulus through Rutelli: referencing as regeneration during the Republic, Empire, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque, Risorgimento, Fascism, and 2000.
Mausoleum, Ara Pacis T, (Horologium Café), Montecitorio (Giolitti: gelato?), Piazza Colonna, Corso, Galleria Colonna (lunch), Pantheon (Tazza d’Oro).
Day 3: Origins: the Palatine and Republican Forum.
B: Palatine T, Circus Maximus, (bring picnic). Republican Forum T (bring snack), T, Arch of Constantine.
Day 4: Imperial Munificence from the Classical into the Early Christian.
(Café S. Eustacchio), Forum Iulium, Forum of Augustus, Forum of Peace, Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum), lunch: via Cavour. Forum of Nerva (Carolingian Palace), SS. Cosma and Damiano. Forum and Markets of Trajan T, Vittoriano.
Day 5: Early Christianity: From Covert to Conquest.
B:, S. Clemente T, Laterano Complex (lunch: Lateran) (Stefano Rotondo), S. Maria in Domnica, Domus under SS. Giovanni e Paolo T.
Day 6: Spiritual Succession: St. Peter’s from Crucifixion to Conter-Reformation.
Thurs. 13) Vatican Scavi T, Treasury; St. Peter’s Basilica (lunch: Borgo Pio), Piazza S. Pietro.
Group dinner at Baffetto; be back by 10:45.
Day 7: Medieval Magesty: Madonnas and Mosaics.
B: S. Maria Maggiore T, S. Prassede. (lunch: Cottini).
Day 8, Sat. 15) Free day: suggestions: 1) via Ostiense &/or trip to Ostia Antica T (bring picnic!), 2) via Flaminia: Nervi, Piano, Hadid T, 3) Tivoli (bring picnic!), 4) via Appia and the Baths of Caracalla T, 5) Sat. AM only: Galleria Colonna T.
No communal dinner; be back by 10:45.
Day 9: The Capitol of the World: Classical Revival and Continuity.
S. Marco, Compidoglio, Capitoline Museums T (tabularium), (lunch: Ghetto), Theater of Marcellus. Noon: Pope blesses at St. Peter’s
Day 10: Commissioners and Curators: The Vatican Palace and Museums from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.
Vatican Museum (Stanze, Sistina, etc.) T, (lunch: Cafeteria or Borgo).
Day 11: Classical References in the Renaissance and Baroque.
S. Agostino, S. Luigi dei Francesi, (coffee: S. Eustachio), Pal. Massimo alla Colonna, Pal. Farnese, Cancelleria, Villa Farnesina T (lunch: Trastevere or Campo de’Fiori), Palazzo Pamphilj, Piazza Navonna, S. Ivo.
Day 12: Early-Christian Revival from the Counter Reformation Forward.
B: S. Susanna, S. Maria della Vittoria, (coffee), S. Carlino, S. Andrea, Trevi! (lunch: Trevi) PM suggestion: EUR (Metro): Museo della Civiltà Romana T, OR Pal. Barberini.
No communal dinner; be back by 10:45.
Day 13: From Private to Public: Collections go Public with the Arrival of the Tourist.
Piazza del Popolo, Galleria Borghese T. (lunch: en route), (Cafè Greco), Piazza di Spagna, Keats House T.
Day 14: From Empire to Italy: 1700 years at the Baths of Diocletian.
(Cafè Greco), De Chirico House; B: The Baths of Diocletian and S. Maria degli Angeli (lunch: Dagnino). PM: Palazzo Massimo (Museo Nazionale) T, B, or EUR.
Day 15: Depart Rome.
Free time Suggestions: Student projects, churches (free), or museums (Museo Nazionale Romano a Palazzo Altemps or Crypta Balbi, Villa Giulia, Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Museo di Roma). List of museums will be provided.