Architecture is the one art form that is inescapable as it provides the environment for our daily lives. Through analysis of architectural history’s “greatest hits” we will examine how architecture affects our lives. In what ways does it shape our experiences, how does it enhance or detract from our activities? These are among the questions that will be asked from both historical and contemporary perspectives. This course will cover material from the ancient period through c. 1420 with an emphasis on monuments accessible during our voyage. Classes will be a combination of lectures and discussions as students are taught the fundamentals of architectural history as well as how to analyze buildings.
Required Texts: Marilyn Stokstad Art History 3rd edition vols. 1-3, Sylvan Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing about Art 9th edition and Fleming, Honour and Pevsner, The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture. Additional readings are available on-line.
Field WorkCountry: Italy
Our field lab will take place on July 2. We will spend the day visiting the basilica of St. Peter's in Vatican City. Availability permitting, this will include a tour of the excavations below St. Peter's which feature the Roman cemetery on which the current basilica stands as well as the foundations of the 4th century basilica and the shrine to the apostle Peter. In short, we get to stroll the streets of ancient Rome beneath the Vatican. If we cannot have access to the excavations, we will visit nearby Castel St. Angelo, originally the mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian and then later a fortress for the popes featured in Angels and Demons. Time permitting; students will have the opportunity to visit the dome of St. Peter's.