Weekly class lectures and on-site visits provide a survey of Roman art from the Etruscan through the Baroque periods, from the founding of the ancient city in the 8th century B.C. to circa 1700. Students study each period’s art and architecture and define its place within the general context of Roman civilization. Rome’s position as both capital of the ancient empire and of the Western Latin Church has earned her the well-recognized sobriquet, Eternal City. Consequently, students confront how the “idea” of Rome had bearing upon the formation of its art and architecture within the chronological context. The course as a whole can be considered an introduction to art history in the field, as each week the class visits an historical site or museum in order to reconstruct through living examples the artistic fabric of the city.
This course fulfills the Arts (GA) requirement for Temple students under GenEd. This course is taught in Rome.