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Summer - Art and Patronage in Renaissance and Baroque Rome
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer Term 1
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BC Department: Art, Art History & Film Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Art, Art History & Film major/minor elective, Arts Core
Number of Credits: 3 Course Number: ARTH 2224
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The Program

From the end of 1400—and for more than two centuries—Rome became the political, religious and cultural center of Europe. The presence of the Papal Court played a central role in the development of the city, attracting the most prestigious men of letters, painters, sculptors, and architects. This era was characterized by crucial changes, culminating in religious and social reform, scientific discoveries, new political assets, and the emergence of the Modern State system.

This introductory course surveys major monuments and the principle works of art produced in Renaissance and Baroque Rome. Throughout the class lectures and the site visits, we will focus on the protagonists of the High Renaissance (Bramante, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael) as well as the central characters of the Baroque (Annibale Carracci, Caravaggio, Guido Reni, and Bernini). By considering the fundamentals of art history through formal and iconographic analysis, we will explore the historical and religious contexts, the continuation and transformation of the ideals, the role of the artist in the society and its relationship to the patrons.

Program Dates
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Arrival in Rome: Saturday, June 9, 2018

Departure from Rome: Saturday, July 7, 2018

Faculty Leader

Dr. Guendalina Serafinelli


Lectures are mainly shaped as interactive-learning classes aiming to have students directly engaged with the course material, professor and classmates. This format includes a combination of traditional frontal lectures with more engaging student-centered lectures, featuring group discussions, exercises, and short activities to maximize the learning opportunities.

Students will engage with the class material through reading assignments and active participation designed to enrich their academic curriculum with a stimulating cross-cultural experience in a foreign country and gain a deeper understanding of a global, and multicultural, past and present. 

Draft syllabus: 
Syllabus-Guendalina Serafinelli_18-04-2018-.pdf


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($3,200)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Rome and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Housing will be provided at the University of St. Thomas Bernardi Campus. A few group meals are included in the program cost, but students will be responsible for covering most meals.  

Cultural Activities


A walk through Renaissance Rome, Basilica of S. Clemente, Villa Farnesina, Bramante’s Tempietto at S. Pietro in Montorio, S. Pietro in Montorio, Fountain of Paul V, Rome from the Janiculum Hill, Michelangelo’s Moses at S. Pietro in Vincoli, Piazza del Campidoglio, Palazzo Senatorio and The Capitoline Museums, Basilica of San Pietro, Vatican Museums, S. Luigi dei Francesi, S. Maria del Popolo, The Gesù, Galleria Borghese, Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Teresa in S. Maria della Vittoria, Piazza Navona, Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, and Palazzo Barberini. 


S. Maria Novella, Duomo (S. Maria del Fiore), Orsanmichele, Palazzo della Signoria (Palazzo Vecchio) in Piazza della Signoria, Accademia: Michelangelo’s Slaves and David

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the program's location.

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

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