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Rome: The City of Museums and the Museum-City. Past, Present, and Future

Instructor: Dr. Cristiana Filippini [see profile]
Disciplines: Art History, European Studies

Due to its history and consequent richness of art and architecture, the city of Rome at the same time is an extraordinary place because of the number of its museums and a museum-city. 

Rome is arguably the birthplace of modern art museums. From the impact of Greek art on the life of the ancient city to the dislay of art by the cardinals of Papal Rome, from art collections to the creation of modern museums, the first part of the course will reconstruct museum history. The course will then consider the city as a museum, i.e. the way in which along the ages the city has confronted its momentous past and its constant enrichments. The last part of the course will analyze the present-day situation and the prospects for the future, with a special focus on the issue of cultural heritage and preservation. The situation of Roman museums and cultural heritage in the Eternal city will finally be compared to that of other Italian and European cities.

The course will be part in class and part on site, with visits to the major museums of the city. 

Requirements:

  • a midterm
  • an oral presentation
  • a paper (six pages)
  • a final exam