The Meaning of Rome: The Renaissance and Baroque City

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The Meaning of Rome: The Renaissance and Baroque City

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We can read a city in a number of ways: in its plan, in the buildings that make its streets and public spaces, in the skyline. We can ask, what are the buildings or spaces saying? How do they say it? How does it all stitch together?

In this architecture course you will learn how to “read” Rome, an ancient city, reborn in the fifteenth century and reshaped substantially in the following three centuries. You will discover how Renaissance and Baroque Rome’s urban form, art, and architecture projected the city’s image of itself to its citizens (urbi) and the world (orbi).

Popes, architects, scholars and sculptors invested in Rome a variety of narratives that strove to explain the city’s history, convince its citizens and visitors of its harmony, and exhort society at large to share in and shape its destiny. The city that resulted became a destination for pilgrims and Grand Tourists, and still is today.

The Meaning of Rome: The R...

We can read a city in a number of ways: in its plan, in the buildings that make its streets and public spaces, in the skyline. We can ask, what are the buildings or spaces saying? How do they say it? How does it all stitch together?

In this architecture course you will learn how to “read” Rome, an ancient city, reborn in the fifteenth century and reshaped substantially in the following three centuries. You will discover how Renaissance and Baroque Rome’s urban form, art, and architecture projected the city’s image of itself to its citizens (urbi) and the world (orbi).

Popes, architects, scholars and sculptors invested in Rome a variety of narratives that strove to explain the city’s history, convince its citizens and visitors of its harmony, and exhort society at large to share in and shape its destiny. The city that resulted became a destination for pilgrims and Grand Tourists, and still is today.

The Meaning of Rome: The Renaissance and Baroque City is organized around three themes—the city and memory, the city as reliquary, and the city as theater. In uncovering some of the meaning of Rome, you will be equipped with the skills necessary to consider how our own cities and communities are, or could be, meaningful. You will come away from this course not only better informed about the cities of the past, but also better equipped to think about the cities of the present and the future.

Students who successfully complete all of the required course assignments will have the opportunity to compile a Digication ePortfolio and earn a digital badge. 

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Catherine C.

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
This course is a fantastic journey to Rome, a real treat! It is very well prepared and is the perfect example of how efficient and successful a MOOC can be. I learned a lot and particularly enjoyed the videos with Professor Mayernik who is a wonderful guide. Thank you very much for this class!
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2 years, 5 months ago
I really enjoyed re-discovering the excitement of the renaissance and its richness, and made a summer break in Rome much more rewarding
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David Calton

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3 years ago
Really enjoyed this, as a student of construction, urban planning, religion and history, great course!
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This is an excellent course!!! It is very well organized and well presented. It provides an interesting combination of architecture and history regarding this special place. It is reasonably paced and has a very fair grading system. I would consider this a model MOOC and a must see if you are interested at all in Rome from either an architectural or historic view.
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