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Spring Break Away 2015 - Florence and Rome, Italy

Course:  ARHY 326W The Grand Tour

[Satisfies Core Theme Area:  Creative Arts and one of your writing intensive requirements]


From the 18th to the early 20th centuries, young adults with means would embark on "The Grand Tour," the capstone of their education, and travel to Continental Europe, with Italy's ruins, art, and culture typically foregrounded. In this course, we will learn about this historical and cultural phenomenon as we prepare ourselves for our own Grand Tour during Spring Break. We will read about this historical phenomenon from select 18th and 19th century participants and we will also learn about our selected stops in Florence, Rome, and other key "Grand Tour" destinations.

Our time and learning during Spring Break will be divided between Florence and Rome. In Florence we will choose stops such as The Accademia (home to Michelangelo's statue of David) and the historic Boboli Gardens of Florence's ruling Medici. We will also visit a current artist's studio and hear about the kind of opportunities that still bring aspiring artists and architects to this Renaissance city. In Rome, we will visit the Vatican Museum (including Michelangelo's famous frescoes for the Sistine Chapel), as well as notable ancient remains. By the end of this semester, we will also be Grand Tour alumni who have created our very own writings documenting our time abroad.

Professors: Dr. Julia Sienkewicz (sienkewiczj@duq.edu)

Prerequisites: This course is open to all, no prerequisites

Max enrollment: 20 students

More information: See Dr. Sienkewicz in 604A College Hall 

Class Time: TTH 3:05-4:20 p.m.

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