Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Banner Image

IDS 340: La Dolce Vita: Module 4

This course explores the influence of the classical, medieval, and Renaissance periods on 17th, 18th and 19th century Anglo and American writers embarking on the Grand Tour. Students will critically examine fundamental works of art and architecture, the

The Renaissance

Panoramic View of the Sistince Chapel

Schedule and Links

October 1, Friday

Bryant: The Gates of Paradise, Brunelleschi’s Dome and Donatello’s David

Lubow, Arthur. ‘The Gates of Paradise : Panels from the Italian Renaissance sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti tour the U.S. for the first time.’ Smithsonian magazine, November 2007.

A Journey Through the Renaissance. Oracle ThinkQuest Education Foundation. 2010. http://library.thinkquest.org/C005356/index2.htm

“Focus on Florence.” Renaissance. Annenberg Project. 2010. http://www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/florence.html

Department of European Paintings. "The Rediscovery of Classical Antiquity". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/clan/hd_clan.htm (October 2002)

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Donatello. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/dona/hd_dona.htm

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Architecture in Renaissance Italy. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/itar/hd_itar.htm

King, Ross. Brunelleschi’s Dome. Selected Readings.

October 4, Monday

Bryant: Michelangelo and Raphael in Florence and Rome 

Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library & Renaissance Culture. Library of Congress. 2002. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/vatican/

Department of European Paintings. "The Papacy and the Vatican Palace". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/pope/hd_pope.htm (October 2002)

Chamberlin, E.R. "The Death and Resurrection of Rome: From A.D. 400 imperial Rome was subject to pillage and plunder, but Popes in the Renaissance destroyed in order to rebuild." History Today 28.5 (1978): 304. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 22 Jan. 2010.

PARTICIPATION ASSIGNMENT: Chamberlin Discussion Questions

Clarke, M.L. British Travellers to Rome in Tudor and Stuart Times. History Today, Nov78, Vol. 28 Issue 11, p746, 6p

PARTICIPATION ASSIGNMENT: Clarke, Rome Discussion Questions

October 6, Wednesday

Aiken- Bloom- The Grand Tourists Arrive in Rome

Black, Jeremy. “Chapter 5: Rome and the South.” Italy and the Grand Tour. Pages 46-67.

PARTICIPATION ASSIGNMENT: Black Chapter 5 Discussion Questions

Featured Video

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

Raphael's School of Athens

Raphael's Disputa

Videos