Urban Design, Architecture and Art in Renaissance and Baroque Rome

antique drawing of a domed building

  • Instructor: Jeffrey Blanchard
  • Time: W 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
  • Location: AAP ROME
  • Credits: 3

Offered on-site at Cornell in Rome, this course focuses on the Renaissance and Baroque phases (15th–18th centuries) of Rome's history. The first class sessions will survey the city's urban history and form from its origins to the present, and we will often turn our attention to earlier and later developments, without an understanding of which the Renaissance and Baroque periods would be only partially intelligible. While the history of urban and architectural design will be our main focus, we will also look at key episodes of painting and sculpture, especially by artists who are also among the principal architects of these periods (Michelangelo, Bernini).

Class sessions will be held once a week and will largely take place on-site, at times preceded by a slide lecture in our studio. There will be a mid-term exam, a paper or project, and a final exam, weighted equally in the calculation of the final grade.

The course is offered for 3 credits and is open to any student enrolled at Cornell in Rome.

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