Medieval Rome was a dangerous and chaotic place with clans fighting against clans vying for power. The population dipped from one million people during the time of Augustus to an estimated 20,000 in the year 1000. Even the pope, fearful of residing in Rome, abandoned the city and moved his court to Avignon.
Eventually Rome emerged from the Dark Ages and, along with other cities on the Italian peninsula, entered the period known as the Renaissance. Perhaps no other character in history reflects the Renaissance in Rome more than Giuliano della Rovere, Pope Julius II. Not only did he spur Michelangelo and Raphael to produce some of their greatest works but left a lasting mark on the fabric of the city. It was Julius II who made the Vatican his own personal city within the city and made Rome the cultural capital of the world. Explore the arts that flourished during this time period.
Live from Florence, Italy, join art historian Elaine Ruffolo for this program.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
NOTE: Continue learning about Rome in the Part I of this program on Friday, April 16.
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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.