Art history of Sicily course
Study abroad programs in Italy, Sicily
Sicily Art History course
Sicily is where the history of Italy started more than 2.500 years ago. As Wolfgang J. Goethe wrote in 1786: “Without Sicily, Italy cannot be fully understood. It is here one finds the key to all things”. The Greek theaters along its coasts, the temples on its hills, the Carthaginian and Roman mosaics of its villas are witness and ancestors of Italy’s enormous art heritage. Sicily has served as a meeting place for three continents, each of which has contributed to Sicily’s unique history, art and cultural heritage. Few places have been impacted by as many civilizations: the Sicani, the Sicilian, the Greeks, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Normans, the Spaniards – all influenced the vibrant Sicilian culture. Sicily and Taormina specifically, offer a wonderful opportunity to study these various periods due to the countless celebrated examples of art within each period. The Art History of Sicily course explores chronologically Sicily’s magnificently rich 2500 years of art and culture. No previous study is required.