Art History

May Term: Renaissance Studies in Italy

Italy is for Lovers …of Italian Renaissance Art and Italian Culture!

Art 343: Renaissance Studies in Italy
3 semester hours; International credit; prerequisites
Independent PE credit can be available in 2015 if you arrange for it in advance

Put your walking shoes on and prepare for an adventure in art! This course of study in Italian Renaissance art exceeds an introductory tour; rather, it is the culmination of an art history course of study. Students with a strong background in, and love of, art and/or history may apply to the Renaissance Studies in Italy Program to study art on site in Rome, Florence, Venice, and other northern Italian cities (itineraries vary from year to year).

Students travel with a small, congenial, well-prepared group. Each trip is tailored to the interests of the students who participate. Dr.James plans each trip with input from the students and accompanies the group to art sites and other points of interest. Students participate by giving two presentations each on topics they have researched during the prior semester. They experience Italian life and culture first hand and keep a journal of their experiences and responses to the art.

Over the last twenty two years, Dr. James has led more than a dozen groups of Mary Baldwin College students to Italy and Northern Europe to study art and architecture in the settings for which the objects were created. A published author on Renaissance art and an internationally recognized scholar, Dr. James is a seasoned traveler. She has traveled independently in Italy and other parts of western Europe and has spent sabbatical semesters doing research in London and at the American Academy in Rome. This unique and very special course is offered most May Terms.

Cost for 2015 will be about $4,000, depending on airfare and the number of participants. Fees include hotels, ground transportation, all museum entrance and reservation fees, and some meals. Cancellation insurance available for an additional fee.

Information For 2015:  on Dr. James’s faculty website

The  faculty website linked above includes projected costs and more detailed information. You can  download an application form through the Spencer Center. For further information, Dr. James can be reached by email at or at (540) 887-7195.