The Decorative Arts and Female Gaze

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Decorative Arts and Female Gaze

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Lower-level art history course

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to material culture through the lens of the domestic interior and a consideration of objects utilized in the feminine sphere. Through a series of case studies, students will consider the larger context of an object’s creation and function in the classical, Renaissance and early modern eras. The course will also introduce students to a selection of feminist historiography.  Topics will address the function of interior space and themes including but not limited to: the mirror, the bedroom, hair and jewellery. The course may include on‐site museum visits in Rome.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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