June 15th, 2015

Rebirth From the Tradition

By Wenxun Liu & Qin Lu

Today is the penultimate day of the Roman trip. Since beginning of the first week, we have studied several different traditional architectural styles of Rome. Through ancient Rome to Baroque, each style displays its own typical and impressive forms, which inspirit us to think about various features of decoration and structure. However, people’s perspective of aesthetic changed a lot since 20 century; it not only represented in art area, but also displayed on architectural field. The trip today we focus on the churches in 20 century, and we can see how people use modern approach to represent the current church and reflect our belief.

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June 13th & 14th, 2015

Last Weekend In Rome

By Huining Guo and Tlapa Katherine

This weekend was our final one in Rome, which was very bittersweet for us all. After being in this city for a month, we have all mastered the complicated thing that is Roman Public Transportation, which gave us all the opportunity to go places on our own and discover new parts of Rome.

For complete details and photos see: 06-13-14-Guo-Tlapa

June 12th, 2015

Out With The Old, In With The New

By  Katherine Myers and Qi Zhang

After waking up in Assisi on our last day we enjoyed the delicious breakfast provided to us by the hotel. Many people were sad to leave the beauty of Assisi so soon, but Rome was calling. We packed our bags and by 10 am we were headed for the luxury of our private bus that would take us to our next location, which was the Chiesa Di San Paolo Apostolo, or Church of St. Paul the Apostle.

For complete details and photos see: 06-12-Zhang-Myers

June 11th, 2015

Off to Wine Country!

By Sam Bonnell-Kangas and Tanner Weaver

After packing up and leaving our hotel in Assisi the professors had planed a short stop for us in wine country to get a tour of the vineyard and learn a little about the process of wine making. But more importantly a wine tasting following the tour! The destination was the Arnaldo Caprai winery in Montefalco, started in 1971 by a successful textile man who finally fulfilled his dream of owning and making his own wine. Now run by his sons the winery uses the Sagrantino grapes that are specific to that region.

For complete details and photos see: 06-11-B-Kangas-Weaver

June 10th, 2015

Arriving in Assisi

By Nikki Beres and Ran Wei

The day started out pretty well because everyone was able to sleep in before meeting at Termini at 11AM to head to Assisi. After two train rides and one bus, we made it Assisi around 2PM. Nobody was ready for how beautiful this town was. We were all amazed and several pictures were taken as soon as we got off the bus. Everywhere we looked, was breathtaking. There was so much to see just walking to our hotel. Once we were given our rooms and dropped our bags off, we grabbed a quick bite to eat for lunch and headed to S. Francis. Many of the girls’ wardrobes got interesting when we arrived at the church. A lot of us did not plan ahead and had our shoulders and knees exposed. Luckily we were able to make it work with the clothing we had brought to Assisi. We looked pretty ridiculous, but it made for a great picture!

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June 9th, 2015

Baroque in Rome-Bernini & Borromini

By Qin Lu and Qi Zhang

This is considered the most beautiful church designed by Bernini, whose façade is an enormous single aedicule with a convex, semicircular portico. On either side of this, Bernini placed segments of wall in form of quarter circles, thus creating a charming and intimate urban forecourt. The concave-convex-concave contour of the façade is one of the most important motifs in Bernini’s works. He chose this form because its symbolic meaning: by arranging the side-chapels radially he placed the emphasis not on horizontal and vertical axis, but on the obligue axiality of the Sant’ Andrea’s cross.

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June 8th, 2015

Where’s Randy?!

By Katherine Myers and Brandon Holmes-Evans

The Plazzo Della Sapienza & S. Ivo alla Sapienza This Structure is reminiscent of Baroque depictions of the tower of babel. The tower at the top is an “copy” of the towers original image. The word “Sapienza” means Wisdom, and a symbol of the divine trinity. The exterior floor plan creates two equilateral triangles also speaking to the divine trinity. Pope Alexander VII Chigi commissioned Borromini to create the facade, in a Baroque style. If we look the facade You see the curvature which draws you into the structure itself, as well movement of the pieces on the facade. “It draws you in and pulls you out,” as Randy Damico describes it.

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