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This course explores the principle architects, monuments and themes of fifteenth and sixteenth century Italian Renaissance architecture. After an overview of Greek and Roman architecture, used as models and sources of inspiration for medieval architecture during period, students examine some of the most imposing and influential constructions of Tuscan Romanesque and Gothic style. The main emphasis is on Renaissance architecture in Florence but includes contextual reference to architectural developments in Rome, Urbino and Mantua. Aspects of Renaissance architecture (architectural theory, Medici and papal patronage, urban planning and church and palace design) are considered. The focus is on the following architects: Alberti, Brunelleschi, Michelozzi, Bramante, Michelangelo and Giulio Romano. In addition to visits to key Renaissance buildings and urban spaces in Florence, the course normally includes a field trip outside of Florence.


AVC 4200 Introduction to Art Across Cultures or AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual Culture or HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing II

A thorough, basic introduction to the Italian language for those with little or no previous experience, the course teaches essential vocabulary and grammar and develops students’ ability to communicate in an authentic linguistic context – key to making the most of the experience of their stay in Italy.

This course considers the role of Medieval mysticism and Renaissance magic in the genesis of the modern world. It examines key topics such as the function of magic in archaic societies and the representation of Hell and demonization in the late Middle Ages, together with the Medieval ideal of perfection as represented in Dante’s Divine Comedy and reflected in the life of St. Francis of Assisi. By the end of the 15th century, Florence had become the irradiating center for the new doctrine on the magus ideal, formulated by Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola. This new direction in European thought was further developed into modern science by the contribution of Leonardo, Galileo and Giordano Bruno. Prerequisites: GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2