Renaissance Florence

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Renaissance Florence

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course description
    Renaissance Florence explores the development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Florence from the mid‐fourteenth to the early sixteenth centuries. The course traces the impact of Humanism on the arts, focusing in particular on the patronage of the Medici. The course will meet once a week, but includes an obligatory weekend field trip to Florence.  

    Required Textbook (subject to change)

    • Loren Partridge, Art in Renaissance Florence, 1400‐1600 (University of California Press, 2009) ISBN 13‐978‐0520257740
    • Stefano U. Baldassarri (ed), Images of Quattrocento Florence. Selected Writings in Literature, History and Art (New Have and London : Yale University Press, 2000) ISBN : 0‐300‐08052‐2

    Recommended Readings (subject to change)
    A list of readings will be provided early in the course.
    Books/DVDs on Reserve at the library

    The bibliography on Renaissance Florence is huge. Books on reserve will include:

    • George Holmes, The Florentine Enlightenment (Oxford: Clarenden Press, revd ed. 1992)   ISBN : 0‐19‐820292‐X
    • Ferdinand Schevill, Medieval and Renaissance Florence, Vol. II: the Coming of Humanism and the Age of the Medici (New York: Harper and Row, revd ed. 1963) ISBN: 60‐8571

    Entry Fees
    Students arrange their own transportation to, and accommodation in, Florence. Students are responsible for all entry fees.

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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