Venice is a city famous for its exotic and astonishing elegance built impossibly on the sea. Situated beneath the alps of northern Italy, Venice earned its reputation based on its mirage-like appearance of floating palaces and churches highlighting its natural beauty. In fifteen days, students will experience Venetian art in its original context emphasizing the great painters and architects of the Renaissance. Students will stay in pleasant, centrally-located housing accommodations and meet on-site for class lectures, discussions and will be briefed by local experts. While students will mostly experience Venice on foot, the program will also provide an excursion by boat to observe the larger lagoon environment, the Lido inlet and its threatened ecology. Milan, Florence and Rome are easily reachable from Venice within a few hours by train. Fieldwork will include visits "in situ" (on location) to the major monuments and museums of Venice, a lagoon excursion by boat, and a day trip to Padua.
ARTH 187C The Art of Renaissance Venice (3 units)
A study of Venetian art and its urban ideology, 11th through 18th century, emphasizing the great painters and architects of the Renaissance (Carpaccio, Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, Mauro Codussi, Sansovino and Palladio).
This faculty-led onsite program will focus on the unusual art and architecture of Venice, a city famous for its exotic, decaying and seemingly dreamlike physical characteristics. The "most serene republic" became one of Europe's richest cities, which cultivated the extraordinary accomplishments of Renaissance artists. Although the emphasis will be on the art of the Renaissance and its accomplished painters and architects (Carpaccio, Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, Mauro Codussi, Sansovino and Palladio), we will frame the period with a look back to the earlier art of the city and the ecology of the lagoon considering the Byzantine mosaics at Torcello and San Marco, and further ahead to the eighteenth century with the painting of Giambattista Tiepolo.
This onsite investigation will provide students the opportunity to scrutinize the city's notable position on the Adriatic Sea, a maritime republic, which also served as an international center of trade and cultural exchange. The student will come to understand Venice as an international hub between the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Europe for the movement of both goods and ideas. As a result, we will explore how the material culture absorbed, transformed and transmitted eastern culture and its own very distinctive notions of the Renaissance to the rest of Europe and beyond. Contemporary accounts, traditional scholarship and connoisseurship, as well as recent critical perspectives will lead students to gain their own understanding of Venetian art.
ARTH 70B or instructor consent.
* Prerequisites must be completed prior to course registration.
Program Leader: Dr. Elizabeth Carroll Consavari
Dr. Consavari, History of Art, PhD., is a specialist in the art of Renaissance Venice. She lived and taught art history in Venice for 13 years. She considers Venice her second home and promises however often one may visit Venice, La Serenissima will always show "new things and new beauties." She currently teaches History of Art and Design at SJSU and is involved in several Design and Sustainability initiatives.
It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.
$750 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee
$2,035 Program fees, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$2,985 Total Program Cost
* Airfare is not included. Students will need approximately $200-$350 for meals prepared at lodging (slightly more if you choose to eat out).