Baroque Art in Rome: An Introduction

Explore an exciting artistic time of one of the most historically significant cities in the world. The Baroque period was an intriguing time of great change. It heralded the dawn of new attitudes that ultimately led to the "Age of Enlightenment" and the triumph of science over faith. The art of this period reflects an obsession with death, with a new infinite sense of space based on a larger world (discovery of America), and with the exploration of the heavens. Experience artistic masterpieces still beautifully displayed today, and understand their historical significance in the birthplace of Baroque art.

Topics Include:

  • The influence of the Baroque period in Europe
  • Counter-Reformation and how art was used by the Church
  • The "artist maudit" phenomenon
  • Visualizing the new role of art given to the classical world

Faculty member: Ms. Linda O'Brien, e-mail:

May apply toward upper- or lower-level credit for art history, humanities, Italian Studies, or electives.

Tentative Course Itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday) - Students arrive

1200Lecture at the hotel
1545Visit church of Sta Prassede and Sta Maria Maggiore
1830-1930Extra introductory lecture on art history

Day 2 (Monday) - Vatican

0715Leave for Vatican, visit Vatican Museums and more
1330-1800Lecture at the hotel

Day 3 (Tuesday) - Art in the Church

0830Visit churches of Sta Bibiana, Sta Maria della Vittoria and more
1330Visit St. Peter's, Chiesa Nuova

Day 4 (Wednesday) - The Galleria

0830Visit Galleria Borghese and more
1330Palazzo Doria Pamphili
1515-1730Churches of St. Ignazio, San Luigi, and St. Agostino

Day 5 (Thursday) - Exploring Museums

0900Capitoline museum, St. Andrea della Valle, and more
1315-1800Lecture at the hotel

Day 6 (Friday) - Royal Roman Art

0900Barberini Palace Museum
1400Visit Palazzo Spada, St. Girolamo, Sta Cecilia and more

Day 7 (Saturday) - Reserved Visits

0900Visit Sta Mraia della Concezione
1000Private visit of Casino Ludovisi and Casina Aurora
1400-1900Lecture and review

Day 8 (Sunday) - Final day

0930-1030Question time
1030-1330Final Exam

Accommodation and Transportation

For your convenience, UMUC coordinates the hotel and excursion arrangements for a flat fee of $650 per student per field study course. This fee will be charged to your student account and covers seven nights of lodging (double occupancy room), as well as local transportation costs and entry to all excursions. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee of $200.

The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. Students must make their own travel arrangements to the course.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Textbooks can be ordered through webText Europe - a secure, online textbook service designed to make your textbook ordering quick and simple. You can also receive on-site assistance from your local program coordinator. For a detailed listing of required textbooks and early reading assignments, please see the current course syllabus found in the schedule.

Registration Details

You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMUC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMUC Field Study Office at CIV +49-(0)631-534-800, or e-mail

Before completing your travel plans, please verify with your local program coordinator or the Field Study Office at UMUC Europe Headquarters that the course will be held as scheduled. If you drop/withdraw from a field study course after the registration deadline, you will be charged a fee of $100.