Study Abroad Summer 2012

European Baroque Art & Architecture
May 17–May 29
ARTH 495/595, 3 credits
Robert Wojtowicz, Ph.D.

This program will examine European art and architecture of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. An outgrowth of the Renaissance interest in the study of nature, the revival of classicism, and the rise of art academies, the Baroque was the first truly global art movement, spreading from its original base in Rome to northern and western European countries and to their colonies around the world. The cities selected for this trip – Paris and London – are where many of the most important Baroque architects’ and artists’ works are located. Most architectural works will, of course, be visited on site; many art works will be found in these cities’ museums, churches, and other public spaces.

Teaching art history is often a vicarious experience: digital images projected in a darkened classroom substitute for physical works of art or architecture, while maps, plans, and diagrams substitute for urban settings. Only through regional field trips can you experience works first-hand, which will immeasurably enhance your understanding of a work of art’s formal properties and its surrounding context. This program will expose you to a wealth of art and architecture unavailable in the United States.

Prerequisite: ARTH 121A or ARTH 212
Students must register and pay for summer 2012 credit to participate in this program.

Cost includes:  Airfare from/to Norfolk, airport transfers, additional ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts, entrance fees, study abroad fee, travel insurance.

Not included: ODU tuition for 3 credits (participants are required to register for credit), meals (other than those indicated above), and expenses of a personal nature.

*ODU scholarships: Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 12 qualified students accepted for this program. Eligibility: Full-time ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader.

Estimated cost without scholarship: $3,985. For some students, regular student financial aid support can be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. See the Office of Study Abroad for a program budget and referral to Student Financial Aid staff who assist study abroad students.

Payment Schedule: $250 deposit upon application; first half payment due February 10, 2012 and second half payment due by March 23, 2012.

Les Invalides
Chateau de Versailles
St. Paul’s Cathedral
National Gallery of Art

17 May: Depart Norfolk
18 May: Arrive Paris (afternoon tour of city)
19 May: Paris: Louvre Museum; Notre Dame; Ste. Chapelle; optional evening visit to Eiffel Tower (extra cost)
20 May: Paris: day trip to Versailles
21 May: Paris: Louvre; d’Orsay Museum; Les Invalides
22 May: Paris: Pompidou Center; Quai Branly Museum; optional evening visit to Montmartre (free)
23 May: Paris to London: stop thru Antwerp: Rubens’ House; Cathedral; Royal Museum of Fine Art/on to London
24 May: London: Banqueting House; Westminster Abbey; National Gallery
25 May: London: Tower; ½ day trip to Greenwich; optional evening visit to Tate Modern (free)
26 May: London: Kensington Palace; ½ day trip to Hampton Court; optional evening visit to Covent Garden/West End Theater (extra cost)
27 May: London: British Museum; Sir John Soane’s Museum; Wallace Collection
28 May: Return to Norfolk

*Subject to change

Faculty Leader:
Robert Wojtowicz has been an ODU professor of Art History for 21 years and is now the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letters. His research specialty is the history of architecture and urbanism in Europe and North America.

Priority application deadline:
February 10, 2012

Estimated Cost:
$3,585 with scholarship*

Good academic standing

For application and further information, contact:
Professor Robert Wojtowicz
Art History Program
9034 Batten Arts & Letters
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. & Hampton Blvd.
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA  23529-0093

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