Italian Studies

Madeleine Hasbrouck ’14 and Mark Tajzler ’14 in Venice

January 24, 2014

Students Help Restore Venetian Masterpieces

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For anyone with a passion for art history, Venice is a must-see. “The amount of cultural heritage in Venice is inconceivable. Every campo has a famous church, or painting, or sculpture. You’re constantly surrounded by beauty,” says Madeleine Hasbrouck ’14 (San Marino, Calif.) This summer, Hasbrouck and fellow art major Mark Tajzler ’14 (Wilmington, Del.) [...]

Zachary Jones ’13 performs with the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

April 5, 2013

Zachary Jones ’13 to Co-Author Book on Composer Antonio Molino with Professor Anthony Cummings

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By Shehtaz Huq ’14 By the time Zachary Jones ’13 (Bethlehem, Pa.) is 24 years old, he will be the co-author and co-publisher of a major international collaboration. A Marquis Scholar and double major in music and anthropology & sociology, Jones recently presented one of three undergraduate papers selected for the prestigious 2013 College Music Society conference.  The paper [...]

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December 27, 2012

Students Will Spend Winter Break Learning All Over the Globe

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More than 130 students will be studying in the Czech Republic, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey during the winter break. This is the 35th year in which Lafayette is offering concentrated, three-week, faculty-led courses during the January interim session between semesters. In many courses, students take part in hands-on [...]

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October 23, 2012

Students Explore Italian Art History and Culture in Interdisciplinary Course

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To gain a genuine appreciation for the works of Italian masters—Giotto, Donatello, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Dante, Boccaccio—what could be better than literally walking in their footsteps? A group of 21 Lafayette students had that experience this summer while spending three weeks studying art history, the culture of Italy, and the Italian Renaissance as they toured Venice, [...]

Save Venice

August 13, 2012

College Adds Interdisciplinary Minor in Italian Studies

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With the launch of the new interdisciplinary minor in Italian studies this fall, students on College Hill can make la dolce vita a part of their formal education. Lafayette students have held a longstanding interest in all things Italian. They regularly fill classes focused on Italian history and culture, and the short-term programs to Florence [...]

Diane Cole Ahl, Rothkopf Professor of Art History, teaches a class in Skillman Library.

June 14, 2012

Professor Diane Cole Ahl Receives Two Prestigious Fellowships to Study in Italy

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When Diane Cole Ahl goes on sabbatical next academic year, don’t think she’s taking a break. Ahl, the Arthur J. ’55 and Barbara S. Rothkopf Professor of Art History, will be busier than ever. This fall, she will be the James S. Ackerman Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. Established in 1894 [...]

The Colosseum

August 11, 2011

Students Immerse Themselves in Italian Language and Culture by Living in Rome

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This summer, 18 Lafayette students took advantage of a six-week, faculty-led immersion program in Rome to improve their Italian language skills and learn about Italy’s rich culture. Students lived in small groups in apartments spread throughout the city. Each student spent five hours per day, four days per week, studying Italian from beginner to advanced [...]

Megan Cassidy ’13 and Katie O’Neall ’12 watch a restorer work on Titian’s Presentation of the Virgin. They spent a summer interning with the Save Venice organization through a Lafayette program funded by Mary Kolarek Frank ’79.

August 5, 2011

Megan Cassidy ’12 and Katie O’Neall ’12 Live in Venice while Restoring Some of World’s Greatest Masterpieces

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Standing on the scaffolding in the Church of San Sebastiano, Megan Cassidy ’12 (Manalapan, N.J.) could literally reach up and touch ceiling canvases dedicated to the Old Testament heroine Esther by Renaissance master Paolo Veronese. Taking in every detail of the frame, victory figures, and everything else that had not yet been removed for restoration, [...]

Views of Venice

February 25, 2011

Photographic Tribute to City of Venice on Display in Lass Gallery

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As part of Lafayette’s 2011 Roethke Humanities Festival on “The Renaissance Spirit,” Skillman Library’s Lass Gallery will host a photographic tribute to the city of Venice with the exhibition vedute di venezia (Views of Venice). The photographs are the work of Ewa Monika Zebrowski, a Montreal photographer, who has been photographing Venice for many years. [...]

Professor Anthony Cummings

February 11, 2011

Music Professor Anthony Cummings Will Spend a Year in Italy Researching New Book

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Anthony Cummings, professor of music, is writing a biography on internationally renowned Italian musicologist Nino Pirrotta, and what better place to study his subject than in Pirrotta’s homeland? Cummings will spend the 2011-12 academic year on sabbatical in Italy working on the biography and other research. During the fall semester, he will be a visiting [...]