Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

FnAr 342 Art in Rome

Summer 2014 - Session I

ART IN ROME (FNAR 342)                                                          Summer Session I 2014

Dr. Marilyn Dunn                                                                               Monday/Wednesday

E-Mail: mdunn@luc.edu                                                                    9:00 AM—12:20 PM

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 PM and by Appointment




Course Description

This course is a survey of Rome’s rich artistic heritage from antiquity to the modern period.  It will examine the multi-layered cultural history of Rome focusing on the art of the Ancient, Early Christian, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods with reference to the modern city in which these historical monuments exist. Works of architecture, sculpture, painting, and mosaics will be studied within the context of Rome’s evolving historical role as the center of a great empire, as the seat of the Catholic Church and Papacy, and as the capital of modern Italy. Through the study of art in Rome students will gain knowledge of artistic forms, styles, ideas, terminology, techniques, functions, iconography, and patronage in relation to their historical context.


This is an ON-SITE course. Most classes will meet on-site at various places in Rome to study art works first hand. Assigned readings are required to be read prior to each class meeting.


*Be aware that this course is not simply a guided tour of Rome. It is a serious study of art in relation to its cultural-historical context. A thorough knowledge of course material will be required for examinations.



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 Sakai for each class.

Audio sets 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. 

Take Notes on the Lectures.   


The course satisfies Loyola University’s Core Knowledge Area requirements in:


Artistic Knowledge and Experience

Area learning outcome: the study of art fosters a search for truth and a respect for the human person.  Artistic expression and knowledge in the core curriculum encourages students to develop critical habits of the mind and ethical standards of behavior in their preparation for life. The core curriculum provides students with the opportunity to engage in the arts, through creative processes as well as through formal study; and to explore non-linear modes of thinking, problem solving, and expression.  


It reinforces the development of Critical Thinking Skills and Dispositions.


FNAR 342 also counts towards the Catholic Studies Minor and the Rome Studies Minor


More specific course outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of Rome’s cultural role in history and its artistic traditions and how these relate to their historical context.






Texts and Resources                                                                                                                        

John Nicholson. Art in Rome Manual. (Available at John Felice Rome Center).

Blue Guide Rome.

Selected Readings on Sakai

PowerPoint Images of art works on Sakai


Course Requirements


Exams: there will be a take-home Midterm exam (due June 2) and Final exam (written in class)


Response Paper: Students should visit on their own one artistic site in Rome not covered in on-site class lectures and write a short response paper (about 3 pages) about the site.  A list of suggestions of possible sites (museums, chapels, etc.) will be provided.




Never miss a class.  Presence at class meetings is considered an essential form of participation in an on-site class.  Questions and discussion are encouraged both during and after class meetings.  Please be on time for class. Be respectful of the places we visit and always comport yourself in a courteous manner.



Midterm Exam (take-home)                 June 2                                      25%

Response Paper                                   June 11                                                15%

Final Exam                                         June 18                                                40%

Class Participation                                                                               20%              

                                                                                                            Final Grade


*Penalty for late papers is one grade reduction per each day late.


Grading Scale

The grading system is based on 1000 possible points.  Thus 20% of the final grade equals 200 points, etc.  Your percentage can be computed by dividing your total number of points by the total points possible. The grading scale is: 93-100=A; 90-92=A-; 87-89=B+; 83-86=B; 80-82=B-; 77-79=C+; 73-76=C; 70-72=C-; 67- 69+ D+; 60-66=D; 59 & below=F.

**All course assignments must be completed to pass the course.





Schedule of Lectures and Readings


1 May 19                     Course Introduction (In-Class at Rome Center)

Ancient Roman and Early Christian Art

Forms, Structures, Building Materials of Classical Architecture and Christian Art

                                    Manual, Unit I


2 May 21                     On-Site: Roman Architecture – Pantheon, Roman Forum, Arch of Constantine, Colosseum (Adm. 12.00 euros)

Manual, Unit II and III (Pantheon)


3 May 26                     On-Site: Early Christian Architecture and Mosaics – S. Maria Maggiore, S. Prassede, S. Pudenziana

                                    Manual, Unit IV


4 May 28                     On-Site: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque – S. Giovanni in Laterano, S. Clemente (adm. 3.50 euros), S. Pietro in Vincoli

                                    Manual, Unit V


5 June 2                      Take-home Midterm Due

On-Site: Art and the Papacy –Vatican Museum, Raphael Stanze (Rooms), Sistine Chapel (Adm. 15.00 euros; 8:00 euros with student card)

Manual, Unit VI (B-D)


6 June 4                       On-Site: Art and the Papacy – St. Peter’s Basilica

Manual, Unit VI (A)


7 June 9                       On-Site: Baroque Architecture, Sculpture, Painting – S. Maria della Vittoria, S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, S. Andrea del Quirinale, Quirinal Palace, Trevi Fountain, S. Ignazio

                                    Manual, Unit VII


8 June 11                     On-Site: Baroque Rome – Urban Spaces and Baroque Masters – Piazza Navona, Fountain of the Four Rivers, S. Agnese in Agone, S. Maria della Pace, S. Ivo alla Sapienza, S. Luigi dei Francesi, S. Agostino

                                    Manual, Unit VIII


9 June 16                     On-Site: Renaissance and Baroque – il Gesù, S. Maria sopra Minerva, S. Andrea della Valle, S. Maria in Vallicella, Oratory of the Filippini

                                    Manual, Unit IX

                                    Dunn, “Roman Chapel Decoration,” pp. 254-59 (Thematically Coordinated Chapels)


10 June 18                   Final Exam (In-Class at Rome Center)



**In addition to scheduled lectures, students will have the opportunity to join their professor for some special outside-of-class activities followed by pizza or gelato.


** Please consult your professor about any concerns you have regarding the course.


**Please note the Policy on Plagiarism at the end of your Syllabus.  This policy is enforced, so take it very seriously!



Fine Arts Policy on Academic Integrity


Courses in the division of Fine Arts adhere to all of the policies enumerated in the Loyola University Chicago statement on Academic Integrity as found at www.luc.edu/academics/catalog/undergrad/reg_academicintegrity.shtml.  Students are expected to be familiar with prohibitions against cheating, plagiarism, copying another student’s work, submitting falsified documents, submitting assignments completed for the requirements of one course in a different course.  All instances of academic dishonesty are reported to the Chairperson of the Department of Fine & Performing Arts and to the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts & Sciences.


The division has adopted a policy with regard to academic dishonesty which will result in an automatic “F” in the course involved.  If it is indicated in the Senior Exhibit or Senior Paper the student will be refused permission to graduate.



Policy on Missed Tests, Grade of Incomplete


Permitting a make-up for a missed test is at the sole discretion of the instructor. 


Granting a grade entry of “Incomplete” is at the sole discretion of the instructor and is only given in documented cases of serious illness or family tragedy.  Requests for an Incomplete must be made before the last class of the semester using the form found at www.luc.edu/regrec/pdfs/UGRD_Request_%20for_Incomplete.pdf