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Wonders of Rome: Baroque Era – Adult Scholars Program – Fall 2019

600.00 IVA included

Instructor: Anna Tuck-Scala, Ph.D.

Meets Tu 6.20 – 7.50 PM / Wed 9 AM – 12 PM

Fall Semester 2019 runs Sept. 9 – Dec. 20


Wonders of Rome: Art & Culture of the Baroque Era

Weekly class lectures and on-site visits in Rome provide students an unparalleled opportunity to examine firsthand painting, sculpture and architecture (from c. 1585 to c.1750) in their original settings.  Organized chronologically from the papacy of Paul V Borghese to that of Alexander VII Chigi, this course gives particular attention to Caravaggio’s paintings, Lanfranco’s frescoes, Bernini’s statues and fountains, Borromini’s churches, the Barberini Palace, Piazza Navona, and Saint Peter’s Basilica and Square. Works inciting wonder (or “meraviglia”) and viewer participation shall be studied from the perspective of the culture of seventeenth-century Rome, as relating to the Counter-Reformation and Catholic Revival, papal propaganda and nepotism, and the rise of powerful new orders, such as the Jesuits. The course includes a two-day field trip to Naples to view seventeenth-century art in the Capodimonte Museum, Certosa di San Martino, and churches in the historic center-“Spaccanapoli”—and to consider artistic production in Naples as a striking foil to that of Rome.

About the Instructor

Anna Tuck-Scala, an American art historian, has taught courses and given lectures in Italy on Ancient, Renaissance and Baroque art since 1995, and has been a faculty member at Temple University Rome since 1999. She is author of the first scholarly monograph on Andrea Vaccaro, one of the leading painters in Naples in the middle of the seventeenth century, and of the first literary guidebook to Sorrento. Her teaching, research and publications are enriched by her deep knowledge and long experience of living in Italy. The direct study of original works of art in situ, primary sources, and documents in historical archives are her focus.