May Term: Renaissance Studies in Italy

   IMG_2145Italy is for Lovers…  of Italian Renaissance Art,

Italian  Culture and anything Italian! 

MBC 2012 in Florence

ARTH 343:Renaissance Studies in Italy taught by Dr. Sara James is an exciting and adventuresome upper level art history course.  Prepare now for the chance of a lifetime. Bone up on your art history so you’ll know what to look for!  Come to Italy and LIVE, BREATHE, and EXPERIENCE art history!! 3 semester hours; International credit.

MBC in Rome

MBC in Rome

Information:    Please contact Dr. James if you are interested! She knows more about the trip than anyone else.  Dr. James can be reached by email at or at (540) 887-7195. Parents also may contact Dr. James regarding this study opportunity for their daughters or sons. Application: Visit the Study Abroad May Term site & apply through the Spencer Center.  

Description: Put your walking shoes on and prepare for an adventure! Be a part of the excitement of studying art and culture on site!! See what you have studied in the classroom and take it to a deeper level of understanding.  This is a rare opportunity to visit major sites and hidden treasures in a small group of friends with seasoned travelers and experts in their fields.  These courses of study exceed an introductory tour, for art history, it is the culmination of an art history course of study. Students travel with a small, congenial, well-prepared group. 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 eighteen years, Dr. James has led over 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. This unique and very special course is will not be offered spring 2014 but will be offered in 2015. Plan ahead! Don’t miss this opportunity! Some scholarship funds are available.

Cities we may visit: Milan, Venice, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Orvieto, Rome. Students can have input here. Study trips are organized around the preferences of the students.

Piazza Navona, Rome at Twilight

Prerequisites:  all are offered SPRING 2015: ARTH 102 Survey of Western Art: Medieval-Renaissance (some substitutions can be made on an individual basis) ARTH 202 (High Renaissance in Italy) required (or ARTH 203) ARTH 207 (1 S.H. prep course). Some substitutions may be made with permission from the professor.

What is included: airfare, instruction, hotels, ground transportation, all museum entrance and reservation fees, most breakfasts, some lunches and dinners. Cancellation insurance available for an additional fee.

Instruction: Instruction is informal and on site, discussing monuments that the students have studied in class and taking impressions to a deeper level. Students give 2 presentations each and keep a journal of daily activities and impressions..

Optional : Independent PE credit probably will be available in 2015 if you arrange for it in advance with Ms. Irene Sarnelle Cost: approximately $4300.00 (subject to change, depending on size of group. If the group is 10 or more, the price may be lowered)

What to bring: ONE suitcase  22″ or smaller and school size backpack only. You are your own porter. A list of suggestions for packing: PACK LIST 13

MBC Students on Gondola RIie n Venice

MBC Students on Gondola Ride n Venice

Gelato break in Padua