Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

FNAR 342 Art in Rome

Summer 2016 - Session II

Art in Rome FNAR 342


Instructor: Dr. Ioanna Kopsiafti

ikopsiafti@luc.edu Tel.: +39 3898 511511


Summer Session II 2016 Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 – 12:40


Course Description

This course is an introduction to art in Rome from Classical Antiquity to the Baroque period with onsite lectures in museums, churches and archaeological sites around the city. The course begins not in Rome itself but in ancient Greece where we will explore the impact of ancient Greek art and culture on Roman art and architecture following stylistic and thematic developments of the classical tradition chronologically through late antiquity to the early Christian, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. We will explore the unifying and divergent elements though these periods and the significance of leading figures and great masterpieces within a wider historical, political, religious and sociological context.

*Note there will be entrance fees for the museums and sites we shall visit for onsite lectures aprox. 60.00 Euros.

Course Objectives:


The over-all purpose of this course is to encourage an appreciation of the visual arts in Rome and to foster an understanding of their historical significance within the cultural framework in which they were produced. During the lectures we will examine and discuss many works of art and learn to analyse them stylistically in order to gain an understanding of their form and content. In so doing students will become familiar with the vocabulary and theories of art as well as the history of art history.

By the end of this semester students will be able to:

  • identify and discuss works of art
  • compare and contrast works of art on the basis of their formal/stylistic attributes
  • apply theories of art for understanding and criticism of works of art
  • develop and use a vocabulary of art history
  • interpret the work by determining the story, the idea, the meaning of the artwork and evaluate
  • understand the cultural, iconographic, historic, political, religious and or social context and significance
  • develop an appreciation of the visual arts
  • achieve an understanding of the Classical Tradition as the basis for Western culture
  • understand the basic principles and concepts of Art History




30% Term paper/presentation

20% Midterm

30% Final

20% Journal



Course Requirements:


In order to successfully complete the course the student must:

  • Read all assigned material
  • Actively participate in class discussions, readings, and projects
  • Complete written assignment and oral presentation that demonstrate basic critical and research skills
  • Satisfactorily complete the midterm and final exams
  • Submit a journal with daily/weekly entries
  • Attend class regularly


*Take into consideration you must leave ample time to get back to campus if you have a class scheduled directly after our onsite lectures so please do not ask to leave early.

*Please also refrain from eating, chewing gum, smoking, and photographing during lectures. Cell phones must be switched OFF.

*Appropriate dress is required for entrance to churches and Vatican.


Term Paper

Each student will choose a subject for a research paper either from a list of suggested topics or one they propose – subject to approval. The paper should be no less than 5 pages (normal margins, normal 12 font 1.5 space) and no more than 10. The paper should meet standards for documentation (footnotes and bibliography etc.) The expectation is that the research should represent information from a number of sources and that any direct borrowing of wording from these sources will be indicated by quotation marks and footnotes. Students will present their term paper during the last week of class in a power point presentation. Remember *plagiarism is the use of an author’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own without giving credit to the source, including but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation. Give credit where credit is due. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the assignment.




For this class you will be required to keep a journal. This should include but is not limited to your experiences and thoughts regarding the subject matter of this class, our museum and onsite visits etc. You may include sketches, photographs etc. It is an important part of the course and will help you to better appreciate your experiences by reflecting upon them in your journal.

Midterm and Final Exams

The exams will be based on readings, class lectures and onsite lectures. It will be in four parts: Identification of works, short compare and contrast essays, multiple choice and essays. 

The final exam will be on Friday July 29th

Required texts:

  • Claridge, A., Rome: Oxford Archaeological Guide. (Oxford University Press)
  • Nancy & Andrew Ramage Roman Art - Romulus to Constantine, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2005

Recommended reading:

  • Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artists, trans. George Bull, 2 vols. (Penguin Books)
  • Heinrich Wölfflin, Classic Art (Phaidon Press)
  • Erwin Panofsky, Studies in Iconology (Harper & Row)
  • John Griffiths Pedley, Greek Art and Archaeology (Prentice Hall)
  • S.J. Freedberg, Painting in Italy, 1500-1600 (Pelican History of Art: Yale University Press)
  • Martin Kemp, ed., Leonardo on Painting (Yale University Press)
  • Baxandall, Michael.   "Patterns of Intention." In The Art of Art History. Ed. Donald Preziosi, 52-61. Oxford, New York: (Oxford University Press)
  • Gombrich, Ernst. "Style" (1968). In The Art of Art History. Ed Donald Preziosi, 150-163. New York: (Oxford University Press)
  • Kleiner, Fred S., Mamiya, Christin J., Tansey, Richard G. Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective.


Week One

July 5th Introduction: Subjects and Vocabulary of Art History/The Art of Ancient Greece

July 7th The Art of Ancient Rome Part I onsite lectures: Colosseum /Forum


Week Two

July 12th The Art of Ancient Rome Part II onsite lectures: The Capitoline Museum/Pantheon/ Palazzo Altemps (Museo Nazionale Romano)

July 14th Pagans, Christians, and Jews/The Art of Late Antiquity (onsite lectures: Church of San Clemente/Church Santa Maria sopra Minerva/San Luigi Dei Francesi/Santa Maria Del Popolo


Week Three:

July 19th Midterm Exam /Humanism and the Allure of Antiquity: High Renaissance and the Baroque in Italy

July 21st onsite lecture: Vatican Museums, St. Peters Basilica


Week Four:

July 26th Renaissance and Baroque (onsite lecture: Borghese Gallery)

July 28th Presentations / Review


July 29th Final Exam