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COURSE NAME: "Renaissance Rome and Its Monuments"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2023

INSTRUCTOR: Paul Tegmeyer
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: W 9:15 AM 12:00 PM
PREREQUISITES: On-site; activity fee: €25 or $33
OFFICE HOURS: Immediately after class or by appointment or email

Rome City Series - This on-site course will study the monuments of Renaissance Rome: painting, sculpture and architecture produced by such masters as Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo, all attracted to the lucrative service of popes, cardinals and nobles of the Roman court. On-site classes will investigate examples of palace and villa architecture, chapel decoration that encompasses altarpieces and funerary sculpture, as well as urbanistic projects where the city itself was considered as a work of art. In-class lectures will introduce historical context and theory allowing the student to understand artworks studied conceptually and place commissions of painting and sculpture within a socio-historic framework.
Course Description: From the moment of the return of the universally recognized papacy to Rome in 1420, the city slowly began to establish itself as one of the major artistic centers of Renaissance Italy. The aim of this course is to examine the imagery produced in Rome during the 15th and the first half of the 16th centuries. We will explore not only the significance of numerous individual works of art within their original historical context, but also the meaning of the stylistic changes that took place in the artistic production of this period marking the development from the Early to the High Renaissance. Artworks in all media (painting, sculpture, architecture) and of various types (altarpieces, frescoed chapels, tombs, portraits, churches, palaces, urban planning, etc.) will be analyzed in order to obtain a complete and balanced understanding of this multivalent period of Rome’s history
The goal of the course is to learn to employ sound methodological and historical approaches to arrive at an understanding of the visual thinking and communicative processes devised by artists and patrons during the Renaissance in Rome.

Attendance and Participation 10%
Research Paper 30%
Mid-term Exam 30%
Final Exam 30%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.


Students are required to attend all classes to receive full grade percentage.


You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until Dec. 7, 2017

As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Primary Publications from Reserve Reading List:

Marcia Hall, Rome
Howard Hibbard, Michelangelo
John Ackerman, The Architecture of Michelangelo
Joachim Poeschke, Michelangelo and his World
Joachim Poeschke, Donatello and his World
Loren Partridge, The Sistine Chapel Ceiling
Heydenreich and Lotz, Architecture in Italy 1400-1600
C. L. Frommel, Architecture of the Italian Renaissance
C. Stinger, The Renaissance in Rome
Jones and Penny, Raphael
David Rijser, Raphael's Poetics
Gail Geiger, Filippino Lippi's Carafa Chapel

Class Site Visits: (n.b. - subject to change, even at short notice)

1. Introduction to the Course (Sept. 6)
Meet in Room C.2.3 Critelli Campus at 9:30 am

2. S. Maria in Aracoeli; the Campidoglio (Sept. 13)

Meet at the Marcus Aurelius equestrian statue on the Campidoglio

3. S. Maria sopra Minerva (Sept. 20)

Meet in Room C.2.3 at 9:30. At 10:30 we will walk to the church, which opens at 11.

4. Renaissance Sculpture in S. Peter’s Basilica (Sept. 27)

Meet in C.2.3

5. Roman Early Renaissance Palaces (Oct. 4)

Meet at the right entrance pier of the Victor Emmanuel Monument in Piazza Venezia

6.  The Sala Paolina and Ren. Architecture in the Borgo (Oct. 11)

Meet in front of Castel S. Angelo

7.  Mid-term Examination      (Oct. 18)

Meet in C.2.3 at 10 am

8.   S. Maria del Popolo (Fri., Oct. 20 - Make-up for Wed., Nov. 1)

Meet at the obelisk in Piazza del Popolo

9. Renaissance Painting in the Vatican Museum  (Oct. 25)

Meet in C.2.3

No Class Wed., Nov. 1 - Made up on Fri., Oct. 20

10. S. Pietro in Vincoli (Nov. 8)

Meet in front of the “Colosseo” subway station on Via dei Fori Imperiali

11.  S. Agostino and the Pantheon Area (Nov. 15)

Meet at the fountain in front of the Pantheon

12. Roman High Renaissance Palaces (Nov. 22)

Meet in the center of Piazza Farnese, in front of the Palace

13. S. Pietro in Montorio  (Nov. 29)

Meet in front of the church on the Janiculum hill, above Trastevere

14.   Villa Farnesina (Dec. 6)

Meet at the entrance to John Cabot Guarini Campus  [Research Papers Due]

Final Exam - Date and Time TBA