On Friday June 14th, all sections of the Art History in Rome course ventured to the town of Caprarola to see the Palazzo Farnese. Students walked through the palace which was built for the Farnese family: begun for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (the future pope Paul III) and completed by his grandson Cardinal Alessandro Farnese II.
The halls and ceilings were elaborately decorated with frescos of Roman mythology as well as biblical scenes and figures. One of the favorite rooms of the students was the map hall which had giant paintings of individual continents and one of the first complete world maps dating back to the 1570’s.
After exploring the palace, students wandered around the gardens of Palazzo Farnese and admired the beautiful sculptures and fountains. Before heading back to Rome, everyone explored the small town of Caprarola and grabbed a bite to eat in one of the restaurants.
The students in Art History in Rome really enjoyed being able to explore a new part of Italy and view artworks outside of Rome. Observing art is a great way to learn more about a time period and better understand Italian culture.