Daniel in Italy

Daniel is a junior majoring in art history in Meadows School of the Arts and minoring in Latin, classical studies and photography. During summer 2012, he is participating in SMU-in-Italy: Arts and Culture.

Our home base: Orvieto

So far Orvieto has been an amazing home base for our program!  The people here are absolutely wonderful! We have done tons of things since we have reached Orvieto.  We have climbed to the top of the clock tower in the middle of the city, walked to the Etruscan Necropolis, and have toured some of the underground caves. This charming little medieval city is perched on top of a large hill of tufa stone that is riddled with a network of caves, with some dating all the way back to when the Etruscan people lived in the area around 600 BCE.  There are some fairly fantastic views! Orvieto is truly picturesque.

2012-06-18T22:31:47+00:00 June 16th, 2012|Daniel in Italy|

Field trip to Siena

Today we went on a day trip to Siena.  We started the day by touring the Siena Duomo.  The cathedral in Siena is built in the Italian Gothic style. After going to the Duomo we went to the Piazza del Campo, which is the main square in Siena in front of the town hall.  Siena is known for its large gentle sloping piazza that is the place where people gather and just soak in the quaint atmosphere of this beautiful Tuscan town. We toured the town hall and then, when the group was released for free time, I climbed the attached tower.  The tower is called the Torre del Mangia and is the tallest structure in Siena and [...]

2012-06-18T22:17:29+00:00 June 15th, 2012|Daniel in Italy|

Our first day: Rome

With everyone having arrived yesterday, we started the first day of the SMU-in-Italy Program by taking a trip into Rome.  The first stop was S. Clemente church near the Colosseum.  This church has three different levels that correspond to the different time periods when different structures existed.  The fist phase of the church was during the Imperial Period of the Roman Empire followed by later building phases in the 4th and 12th centuries. After visiting S. Clement we went to the area where there are older sites.  We went to the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. Following the Roman Forum we went up to Michelangelo's Campidoglio and then headed over to [...]

2012-06-18T22:27:28+00:00 June 14th, 2012|Daniel in Italy|

Day 3: More museums

I started off the day by walking to the Museo Capitolini on the Capitoline Hill.  This museum is one of the foremost museums of Ancient Roman sculptures. It holds the famous Capitoline Wolf that is one of the symbols of Rome. The Capitoline Wolf is a bronze statue of a lupa, or she-wolf, shown with the twins Romulus and Remus. The first century CE equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius is also housed in the Museo Capitolini. A replica has taken its place outside in the Campidoglio. There is a remarkable collection of portraits of Romans, and one can really see the differences and evolution of techniques in the periods and styles of Roman portraiture. One of my favorites is the statue of Emperor Commodus as Hercules, a [...]

2012-06-06T14:30:09+00:00 June 6th, 2012|Daniel in Italy|

Day 2: Galleria di Palazzo Barberini

Today I went to the Galleria di Palazzo Barberini.  This museum and art gallery has collections that are from the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in addition to the paintings from the collection of the Barberini Family. It houses many famous works by Renaissance artists such as Caravaggios's "Judith Beheading Holafernes", Hans Holbein's "Henry VII" and Raphael's "La Fornarina". The structure itself is a work of art. The Palazzo Barberini is a 16th century palace that has two massive staircases designed by rivals Bernini and Borromini.  Many of the rooms have wonderful inlaid marble floors and elaborate fresco ceilings. After leaving the Palazzo Barberini, I walked up the street to Borromini's San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and continued down the [...]

2012-06-05T21:31:00+00:00 June 5th, 2012|Daniel in Italy|

Day 1: Rome, Italy

Daniel is a junior majoring in art history in Meadows School of the Arts and minoring in Latin, classical studies and photography. During summer 2012, he is participating in SMU-in-Italy: Arts and Culture.

2012-05-31T21:33:23+00:00 May 31st, 2012|Daniel in Italy|