This course will cover highlights of Italian architecture, sculpture, and painting from ancient Rome through Baroque. It will highlight the art and architecture of Pompeii and the cities of Vesuvius from the Republic period, and the grand architecture of the Early, High, and Late Empires. The students will study the Byzantium cathedral in Venice and the Italian Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence with its Early Renaissance Baptistery doors. The stunning gold Gothic paintings of Cimabue, Giotto Di Bondone, and Duccio Di Buoninsegna will be studied. The course will also highlight the Renaissance masterpieces of Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and Raphael Santi, and it will explore the powerful realism and extravagance of the Baroque works of Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Fra Andea Pozzo, and Gianlorenzo Bernini. As part of the course, the students will travel to Italy for a week-long exploration of Italian art, history, and culture. The works highlighted in the course content will be studiedfirst hand in the churches, museums, and historical sites in Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena, and Pompeii.