Course Description

Course Name

Villas, Palaces and Gardens in the Renaissance and Baroque

Session: VRMS3122

Hours & Credits


Prerequisites & Language Level

a 200-level course in art history

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


During this period, dramatic changes took place in the design of palaces and villas fueled first by humanistic study of the ancient architectural treatises, and then by changes in courtly and urban society. The topic will be considered from various perspectives including patronage, stylistic development, Renaissance architectural theory, urbanism, material culture, social contexts, and the history of garden design. This course is designed to foster a theoretical understanding of links between architecture and society with an emphasis upon the use of primary sources for advanced research in art history. A one-day excursion to visit palaces and villas in Florence is possible.

*Course content subject to change