Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

FNAR 342 Art in Rome

Spring 2014



MEETING: Wednesday (Section  A03) Thursday (Section A04)  

Instructor: John Nicholson



The course is a study of Rome’s artistic heritage from antiquity to the eighteenth century. This begins with ancient Rome and, as far as possible, follows the sequence through the Early Christian, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Selected works of architecture, mosaic, painting, and sculpture are studied within the context of Rome’s long history as the center of a great world empire, as the principal seat of the Catholic Church and Papacy, as the capital of a modern nation state. The study of Rome’s art is implemented through assigned readings and on-site lectures in the city. This, however, is not merely an elaborate guided tour of Rome, but an upper division course in art history. A thorough knowledge of the material is required for examinations.


-          An immediate contact with and knowledge and of Rome’s history and rich artistic patrimony which is a microcosm of European art history.

-          An introduction to the problems, methods, and terminology of art history, that is, an understanding of art in relation to historical context, the roles of artists and patrons, iconography, and style.

-          An enriching and more meaningful experience of life and study abroad.


-          You must attend class meetings and take examinations with the section in which you are registered.

-          Because of heavy traffic and crowded buses, you should leave the Rome Center more than one hour before the beginning of class. Information on the site and transportation will be posted on LOCUS and on the bulletin board opposite the porter’s desk on the day prior to each class.

-          Audio headsets will be handed out at each on-site meeting. Please handle these with care and return them at the end of class.

-          Please do not eat, smoke, take photographs or use cell phones during the on-site lectures.



John Nicholson. Art in Rome Manual. Rome Center.

Note. The Manual is divided into Units corresponding to the class meetings. Read the Unit prior to each class meeting with reference to the Augenti or  Gallico texts, Refer also to the Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms.

Supplements with illustrations and study guides will be handed out at each meeting.

Andrea Augenti (ed.) Rome Art and Archaeology. Scala.

Edward Lucie-Smith, Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms. Thames & Hudson.





There will be three examinations on dates to be assigned.

-          Changes in examination dates are not open to negotiation.

-          Absence from an exam without a valid excuse will result in an F (0 points) for the exam. Make-up examinations will not be given for travel-related absences.

-          Cheating or dishonesty of any kind on an examination will be penalized

with an F grade.


Presence at class meeting is considered an essential form of participation in an on-site course. Questions and discussion are encouraged both during and after class meetings..

N.B. Twenty percent of the course grade has been assigned for participation. Those absent from two meetings will forfeit five points; those absent from  more than two meetings will forfeit all twenty points.



Course Grade First exam, 20%. Second exam, 30%. Final exam, 30%. Participation, 20%.

Grading Scale

93-100 = A    89-92 = A-   

86-88 = B+.  81-85 = B   78-80 = B-

75-77 = C+   71-74 = C   68-70 = C-  

63-67 = D+   59-62 = D

58 and below = F


E-Mail: jnich1@luc.edu




1.      The Romans and the Arts. Forms and structures of Roman Architecture. Manual, Unit I.

2.      Roman Building Types and Materials. RomanForum.  Colosseum. Adm. Fee.  Manual, Unit II.

3.      Architecture and Sculpture as Imperial Propaganda. Pantheon. PiazzaAugustoImperatore. AraPacis. Adm Fee. Manual, Unit III.

4.      Early Christian and Medieval: Architecture and Mosaic. S. Maria Maggiore. S. Prassede. S. Pudenziana. Manual. Unit IV.

5.      First Examination. Classroom.

6.      Medieval and Renaissance: Mosaic, Painting, Sculpture. S. Clemente (Adm. Fee). S. Pietro in Vincoli – Julius II Tomb. Manual, Unit V.

7.      Baroque Architecture and Sculpture. Baths of Diocletian – S. Maria degli Angeli. S. Maria della Vittoria/Cornaro Chapel. S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane. S. Andrea al Quirinale. Manual, Unit VII.

8.      Baroque, Architecture, Sculpture, Painting.  Piazza Navona. S. Ivo alla Sapienza. S. Luigi dei Francesci. S, Agostino. Manual, Unit VIII

9.      Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque  Architecture, Sculpture, Painting. S. Maria sopra Minerva. Il Gesu. S. Ignazio. Trevi Fountain. Manual, Unit IX

10.  Second Examination.

11.  The Vatican and Its Basilica. S. Pietro in Vaticano. Manual, Unit VI.A

12.  Ancient Sculpture. High Renaissance Painting. Vatican Museum. Raphael Rooms. Sistine Chapel. Manual. Unit VI. B.C.

13.    Medieval. Renaissance. Modern. Palazzo Venezia. S. Maria in Ara Coeli. apitoline Hill. Victor Emmanuel Monument. Manual, Unit XI.