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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3 Minimum GPA: 2.0
Language of Instruction: English Area(s) of Study: Art and Art Studio, Art History
Faculty Leader: Muraoka, A.
Program Description:
Summer in

May 19-May 30, 2018

Battle of the Republics: Renaissance Art and Architecture in Florence and Venice
ARTH 495/595
The goal of this study abroad program is to deepen students' knowledge of key artists and architects of the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries in Italy, including Giotto, Filippo Brunelleschi, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Donatello, Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Jacopo Sansovino, Jacopo Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, and Andrea Palladio. Instruction will be primarily via on-site visits, but supported by classroom lectures, discussions and presentations both before and after the program. 
This course examines two vastly different republics in Renaissance Italy: the Florentine Republic where the Renaissance was born, and the Republic of Venice, where the Renaissance took on a different complexion. We will examine how the historical, political, and geographic positions of each of these republics contributed in shaping two very different approaches to artistic practice, design and principles, formal qualities, and iconography. On-site visits to museums, churches, and public spaces will allow students to fully understand how Florentine and Venetian artists and architects experimented, developed, and manipulated their "brand" of Renaissance style into a proclamation of their civic identities. 

Ponte Vecchio
Uffizi Gallery
Churches of Florence
Piazza del Campo
Babtistery of San Giovanni
San Marco
Night visit to the Palazzo Vecchio
Trip to Padua
Gallerie dell'Accademia
Palladian villas


sport model - venice

*Subject to change. The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

PREREQUISITES: In order to participate in this program students must have completed and passed ARTH 211 and ARTH 212 or received permission from the instructor. All students must be in good academic standing and have a 2.0 or better.

*Students must register and pay for 3 credits in ARTH 495 (undergraduate students) or ARTH 595 (graduate students) during the Summer 2018 registration period in order to participate in this program.


Anne Muraoka

Dr. Anne H. Muraoka is an associate professor of Art History at Old Dominion University. She teaches courses on Renaissance and Baroque art, and currently serves on the ODU Institute for the Humanities Faculty Advisory Board. Dr. Muraoka earned her Ph.D. in Art History at Temple University in Philadelphia after completing her Master’s degree in Art History at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York and Florence, Italy, and her Bachelor’s degree in Art History at the University of Hawai’i. She is a recipient of a one-year J. William Fulbright Fellowship in Rome, Italy, and an ODU Office of Research Summer Research Fellowship. Her research centers on the nexus of religion and literary and visual theory in mid-late sixteenth century and early seventeenth-century Italy. In 2015, Dr. Muraoka published her first book, The Path of Humility: Caravaggio and Carlo Borromeo, and she has recently contributed an essay for an edited volume entitled After Trent: Reform and Global Art in the Late Renaissance, which is currently in press at Routledge. Her next book project examines the post-canonization images of Archbishop of Milan Carlo Borromeo.


Program Cost with Dean's Scholarship: $4,500

Cost Includes:
Roundtrip airfare from/to Norfolk,  airport transfers in-country, accommodations,  some meals, all transportation related to instruction, entrance fees to activities on the itinerary, study abroad and instructional fee, and travel and health insurance.

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

*ODU Scholarships:
Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time, degree-seeking, ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Completion of online application, advising and deposit payment holds your space for scholarship consideration; no additional scholarship application necessary.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in late summer. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. 

Financial Aid:
For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.

Estimated cost without scholarship: $4,900

Payment Schedule: $300 deposit upon application; half of remaining total due on February 16, 2018 and the other half on March 16, 2018


Anne Muraoka
1000E Barry Arts Building
4600 Monarch Way
Norfolk, VA 23529
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.

This program is currently not accepting applications.