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January Term: UVA in Italy: Renaissance and Baroque Rome
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Abby Leake
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Architectural History, Architecture, Art - Art History
Program Description:

This course provides firsthand, direct knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture through an intensive program of on-site visits in Rome. The course complements the extensive on-grounds teaching in Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture at the University.

The scope of this course is twofold. First, it gives students a deeper understanding of the specificity of images, that is, their materials, texture, scale, size, proportions, colors, and volumes, all elements that are almost completely lost in classroom teaching, which is entirely based on digital images. Second, it provides students with a full understanding of the importance of original location for the interpretation of Renaissance art. Unlike modern art, Renaissance art was originally tied to a defined location and made to serve a specific purpose, be it devotional, civic, or celebratory. Guided by these two notions, the course is based on extensive walks through the urban fabric of Rome and in-depth visits to masterpieces of art and architecture.


St. Peter's Square, Vatican

On-site visits combine lectures with active students’ participation, so that students practice on-site strategies to analyze, decode, and interpret Renaissance art and architecture through the visual and material clues that the works of art themselves contain.

The course meets daily for 3-4 hours (excluding breaks and meals). A Graduate Teaching Assistant assists with the teaching schedule and follows daily the work and progress of students, including checking their writing, assisting in the individual visits and in the preparation of the final project.


Aerial view of Colosseum

Students will be housed in double-occupancy rooms in a hotel located in the heart of Rome, in a neighborhood with many restaurants and cafes, a short walk to sights including the Pantheon, the Vatican, and the Spanish Steps. A recently renovated building that was once a palace for a Roman noble family, the hotel provides free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Accommodation is provided from the night of January 2nd 2018 through the night of January 12th, 2018.


Study Break!


Renaissance & Baroque Rome
(ARTH 3255 or ARH 3500; 3 credits)

Program Information Session:
Wednesday, September 14 at 6pm, in Campbell 158


Ponte Sant'Angelo with
St. Peter's Basilica in background

Course Information

This three-credit course, ARTH 3255 ("Renaissance Art on Site") or ARH 3500 ("Topics in Architectural History: Renaissance and Baroque Rome"), provides firsthand, direct knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture through an intensive program of on-site visits in Rome.

This course fulfills the Renaissance requirement for art history students and the Mediterranean requirement for architectural history students as well as the Fine Arts requirement for College of Arts & Sciences students.

This program is open to undergraduate students with a strong interest in the history of art and architecture.

Cost & Financial Aid
The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid. In particular, School of Architecture students are encouraged to apply for School of Architecture funding. Review the Scholarships page for additional opportunities.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. This program in Italy typically involves walking significant distances each day, extensive time spent standing, visits to non-wheel chair accessible areas, and utilizing public transportation and buses that do not offer assistance. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Ponte Sisto

Program Director Lisa Reilly,, Associate Professor of Architectural History, received her Ph.D. form the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and joined the University of Virginia in 1990. Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France and Italy. She published a monograph on Peterborough Cathedral and is the co-author of Campus Guide: Vassar College. She is currently completing a book on the Norman visual culture in England, France and Sicily and will be the Fulbright fellow in the History of Art at the University of York, England next semester. She has taught on site for a wide variety of UVA abroad programs including 7 previous January terms in Italy.

Teaching Assistant Eric Hupe,, is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Virginia focusing on Italian Renaissance art, specifically the meaning of light in Franciscan art of the Veneto. He held several research internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and The Frick Collection, New York. From 2012 – 2013, he worked as an adjunct lecturer in art history at City College, The City University of New York and has been a frequent lecturer at the Cloisters Museum, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is Eric’s second time assisting the UVA Rome J-Term, and he looks forward to sharing one of his favorite cities with this year's students.

This program is currently not accepting applications.