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  • Locations: Assisi, Italy; Bellingham, Washington, United States; Florence, Italy; Padua, Italy; Rome, Italy; Siena, Italy; Venice, Italy;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Fields of Study: Art History, Philosophy, Religion & Theology
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

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From Text to Fresco:
The Great Age of Narrative Art in Italy

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Course: ENG 337- From Text to Fresco: The great age of art in Italy
(6 credits)
English 337 Italy Syllabus.pdf

Program Dates: June 26 - September 19, 2018italy -margaritis boat
Travel Dates: September 4 - 19, 2018

Itinerary: 2018 Italy Itinerary.pdf

Program Description:

A study of the famous masterpieces of Italian painting from the late Gothic (13th century) to the high Renaissance (16th century).  We will read the writings that the artists themselves drew on as their inspiration, so that we’ll be able in the fullest, most knowledgeable way, to appreciate this great art. Our study and viewing will also include the great sculpture and architecture of these times.

Program Highlights:

Literally – without exaggeration – we will see the greatest masterpieces that are highest on everyone’s list of the “must-see”:
  • MICHELANGELO’s frescoes in the Vatican SISTINE CHAPEL;
  • his great statues in Rome and Florence, including the David;
  • the unrivaled collection of Italian painting in the Uffizi of Florence, including works by LEONARDO and BOTTICELLI: the amazing frescoes by GIOTTO in the Arena Chapel of Padova. 
Other highlights:
  • the magical city of Venice,
  • the churches of Florence,
  • the hauntingly beautiful medieval town of Assisi;
  • the Roman Forum and Colosseum.  We are being allowed the special privilege of access to gorgeous sites not open to the public. 
  • And then there’s all that wonderful Italian food at unforgettable restaurants that students in the past have raved about.


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Nicholas Margaritis
Senior Instructor, English Department
Ph.D. University of Virginia
Phone: 360-650-2537
Office: HU281

Program Cost:

See the Budget Sheet.

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Program Ratings:
Academic Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Value:
1 2 3 4 5
Housing Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Cultural Immersion:
1 2 3 4
Program Administration:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4 5

This program is currently not accepting applications.