VISIONS FROM ITALY
JULY 7 - JULY 19, 2013
Throughout their history, Romans and Florentines struggled to find the proper relationship of man to his God(s) and to his community, both in times of political and cultural domination and in times of societal collapse and civic despair. This course will investigate critical aspects of this struggle from Ancient Rome to Renaissance Florence and then explore their material expression in the artistic and architectural treasures of these two fascinating cities. We shall search out what role the contemporary cultural demands regarding man’s place in the world had in producing such majestic structures as the Pantheon, Forum, Colosseum, St. Peter’s, the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio. As we admire the sublime artistry in the public works of masters such as Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli and Bernini, we shall consider the cultural pressures that helped direct their efforts. Our goal is to leave Italy not only having surveyed some of the finest cultural achievements, but also having marked their place in the unfolding of the Western heritage.
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