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Rome, Italy

Topics in 20th Century Art: The Art of Fascism in Rome

Global Temple Conference

Course Number: 
Art History
Semester(s) Offered: 
Spring 2021
Credit Hours: 

In Rome, this course focuses on the inter-war period of early twentieth century; Italy witnessed the rise and fall of the Totalitarian regime of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, who ruled from 1922 – 1943. This course focuses on the art forms, architecture and urban topography that came to define the Italian Fascist period. Using the unparalleled cultural landscape of Rome as a visual guide, students visit the sports complex, university, world’s fair site, neighborhoods and piazze where the monumental stamp of Fascism remains and also consider the graphic arts and cinema that defined the period. Addressing the cultural and social history surrounding the Art of Fascism, the class studies the use of archaeological practice by the Fascist regime, the relationship between Mussolini and Hitler and the period’s extensive urban planning in Rome. 

This course includes an academic excursion outside of Rome. The destination will be announced in the course schedule.


In Rome, this course is cross-listed with History 2400: The Art (and History) of Fascism in Rome and Architecture 3030.