June 14, 2017 – The End

 Rome Studio: Final Blog entry

By Andrew Barger

On the final official day of our class, Vince and I met individually with the students to look over all the drawings, sketches, paintings, and collages they had made over the course of the trip as well as to discuss their final project. The last walk up the Trastevere hill to American University was just as lovely as the first. The smell of flowers and honeysuckle plants still coated the tiny sidewalks. Ancient ruins still poke through the gardens and foliage adjacent to the modern apartment complexes and villas. Curiosity still stood on what secret spaces lie beyond the partially covered gates and doors.

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June 13, 2017

Final Site Visit

By Ciera Weiss & LIz Bublinec

While we have been on this trip we have been going through the time periods and working our way through the different churches. We started with Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, and are now looking at 21st century churches. We had saw one earlier on the trip right outside of Assisi. When arriving to the church we pulled up to a white contemporary building that looked quite different from the previous churches. It was entirely white with glass and had clean lines. The architect for this church was Richard Meier, who was known for building all white structures as his mark. Richard Meier also designed the Atheneum in Indiana, along with Bethel Performing Arts Center in New York. The church was commissioned by Pope John Paul II. He was the 264th Pope in Italy. This church was built to celebrate 2000 years of Christianity and was part of the Jubilee of churches.

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June 12, 2017


By Kayla Kercher and Rebecca Roderer

The design of the EUR gives us an idea of how Italy looked during the fascist regime. There are large, symmetrical streets and buildings made of limestone, tuff, and marble. Also, much of the design is based off Roman architecture (but isn’t everything in Italy). The design of The Square Colosseum specifically was to celebrate the Colosseum and show the significant of older Roman ruins. Similar to the Colosseum, the structure has a series of superimposed loggias, shown on the façade as six rows of nine arches. At the top of all four sides of the building has an inscription taken from a speech of Benito Mussolini. The complete interior and exterior are made from travertine. In-between majority of the exterior columns there are sculptures. The sculptures were added in 1942 and were supposed to mimic historic Roman sculptures. But many of the sculptures do not have that many details (which is what the Roman sculptures were known for) and can be seen where the pieces were glued together. Some of the statues represent music, labor, history, printing, physics, painting, architecture, and many others. Because of the iconic status of the building, it has appeared in many movies including Hudson Hawk, Fatal Frames, Titus, Equilibrium, and Zoolander 2.

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June 10, 2017

20th Century

By Sarah Vetorino and Joanna Rittmayer

After an amazing afternoon at the Maxxi museum we were off to an auditorium to watch a symphony perform. The name of the auditorium where the symphony performance was held is called Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Santa Cecilia or Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of music.

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June 9, 2017

Baroque & Mannerism

By Sydney Young & Bry Brunner

Our day started off by meeting at Sant’Andrea al Quirinale, which is another church by Bernini. However, it’s different than the other churches we’ve looked at by him because it is much smaller. It’s a long oval with a few small side rooms. Because of its size we were more able to visualize the the entire space as a whole, so a lot of us attempted to draw a floor plan. This church is an important example of baroque architecture. Bernini used a technique of combining sculpture and painting. The tallness of such a small space draws the viewer upwards and they are met with angels and cherubs coming off the dome ceiling, moving around with motion that is truest baroque. It was the third Jesuit church built in Rome, after the Church of the Gesù and Sant’Ignazio, which we saw a few days ago.

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June 8, 2017

Vatican City

By Ciera Weiss & Alee Amstutz

Today we started off early at the Vatican in front of the abeles where would we met Vince. After arriving we walked around the Vatican City to the entrance to meet our tour guide and the ISA representative. After we gathered all together and where handed our tickets we walked inside the Vatican Museum. There were thousands of people from all over the world ready to experience what we were about to see and learn about. The tour first started out in the courtyard where we approached a guide with pictures about the Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide discussed the whole sign with us pointing out interesting facts because when we enter the chapel we have to be completely silent. As she talked about the painting on the ceiling done by Michael Angelo we were taught so many different little hidden figures. The painting on the ceiling told the story of God creating the earth, to Adam and Eve, to Jesus dying on the cross. The painting done on the wall in the front of the chapel was also done my Michael Angelo. This painting depicted judgment day. As the bible says judgment day is when Jesus returns to earth as him and Satan will have a war; all the Christians will ascend to heaven and the non believers we go to hell. This is what you see in the painting in the chapel done by Michael Angelo. This painting has been restored in the 18th century and they left behind some hidden squares to show how dark the painting was before the restored it.

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June 7, 2016

Baroque Churches and St. Paul Outside the Walls

By Sydney Young & Sarah Vetorino

Today, Wednesday June 7th, the last day of our third week started with another early morning. We had to meet at the old Roman Senate where Julius Cesar was killed (also known as the cat sanctuary) by 9am. Once everyone arrived, we discussed the plans for the morning and some of the history of the first church we would be going to. Before walking to the church, Andrew the teachers assistant, gave a demo to the group about how to make a collage for an assignment due on June 9th. Although making a collage may seem simple to some, the collages we are being asked to make are a little more complex and several students needed guidance about how to get started.


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