A selected topic in the history of art from the 20th century will be examined. This interdisciplinary course focuses on the art forms, architecture, and urban topography that came to define the Italian Fascist period in a historical and political context. Framed by two world wars, this turbulent historical moment fell on the heels of Art Nouveau "Liberty" art and architecture styles and witnessed the evolution of Futurism, Rationalist architecture, and other Modern and Avant Garde artistic movements. Using the unparalleled cultural landscape of Rome as a visual guide, learners visit the sports complex, university, world’s fair site, neighborhoods and piazze where the monumental stamp of Fascism remains and considers the graphic arts and cinema that defined this period. Addressing the cultural and social history surrounding the Art of Fascism, the class studies the use of the archaeological past by the Fascist regime, the relationship between Mussolini and Hitler and the period’s extensive urban planning in Rome. This course is relevant for students interested in the history, art and politics of the present as well as the past.
In Rome, this course is cross-listed with Art History 2600 and History 2400: The Art (and History) of Fascism in Rome.