Art & Architecture Site Visit to the Capitoline Museum
Date Published: Feb. 8, 2017
While in Rome, University of Dallas students are offered a class on Art & Architecture.
Throughout the semester, Dr. Elizabeth Robinson, our resident Art Historian and Archeologist,
leads the students through many on-site lectures both in Rome and on class trips in
Florence, Venice, Assisi, & Greece. The “Art & Arch” class gives our Romers the unique
opportunity to study world-famous art in person. The students’ first museum visit
was to the renowned Capitoline Museum on top of Rome’s Capitoline Hill.
In the Capitoline, students discussed works related to the founding of the city of
Rome and Rome’s development into an empire, led by Dr. Robinson and two of her colleagues
who are local experts. The students pondered such well-known works as the Dying Gaul
and the Capitoline Wolf (a bronze piece which depicts the myth of Romulus and Remus).
The students each chose one work of art for an analysis project assigned by Dr. Robinson,
deepening their understanding of a particular piece of their choice. All in all, the
students enjoyed their firsthand encounters with a wide range of art and sculpture
at the Capitoline Museum.