Offered Spring, Summer, & Fall Semesters
During the summer semester all students are strongly encouraged to take Art History as it is an integral part of the program experience.
The required art history course for students in Spring and Fall semesters may not be dropped nor can a student withdraw. Prerequisites: One art survey course, comparable background or permission of the instructor. The instructor meets with individuals and groups of students on site and holds regular classes while in Cortona. Students have a research/observation paper assigned on works of art or an artist. Cortona itself provides students with numerous masterpieces for study such as the mosaics by Severini, the paintings of Fra Angelico, Pietro da Cortona and Signorelli, or the architecture of Francesco di Giorgio Martini. The Diocesan Museum, Accademia Etrusca, and churches of Cortona maintain collections of art from pre-history, Egyptian, Roman, Etruscan, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque,and Modern art. The program keeps a library of essential volumes in English and a slide collection. The public library of Cortona is open for those who read Italian. Its holdings include an important collection of illuminated manuscripts.
ARHI 3020 (Undergraduate) Processes and Principles: Italian Art and Architecture in Italy
REQUIRED Spring & Fall semesters.
Each week the instructor lectures/presents a specific work of Italian art. This classroom activity introduces both the historiography of the work in question and issues related to its production. The lecture is followed by a prearranged site visit to observe the work in situ. Each student will be responsible for the analysis (formal, art historical, technical) of a comparable work.
ARHI 6020 (Graduate) Processes and Principles: Italian Art and Architecture in Italy
The form of this course follows a fixed structure. The same description as ARHI 3005 applies, but on a graduate level. Students will do more extensive research projects and will accompany the instructor on additional excursions.
ARHI 4200/6200 15th Century Art In Tuscany
Class offered Summer & Fall semesters only.
The course provides a chronological approach to painting, sculpture, architecture, and urban design produced in Tuscany during the 1400s, focusing on art in situ. Advanced students are engaged in directed looking, critical thinking, and expository writing about Renaissance art. Emphasis is placed on understanding Giorgio Vasari's role in how we look at art of this period. Evaluation is based on essay exams and a research paper.