The Decorative Arts and Female Gaze
The American University of Rome
Area of Study
Taught In English
Lower-level art history course
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
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.
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