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City Series: Rome

We are excited to announce a new art history course, with instructor Mary Beth Carosello. City Series: Rome is a unique blend of art history and cultural history. Topics covered will include urban design, architecture, artistic movements, and each culture’s impact on today’s world. Classes will also include museum field trips to view key works.

Often in a survey course, the amount of material to be covered means that each topic is dealt with quickly. This class will delve deeply into the rich history of the city, from a variety of different angles.  The first part of the class will look at the city of Rome from its earliest incarnation as an ancient Republic to its development into the capital of a far-reaching empire and its subsequent fall. The second half will explore the “rebirth” of the city in the 1500s looking particularly at the work of Michelangelo and Raphael. The class will conclude with a look at Rome in the 1600s and the dynamic art and architecture created in service of the Counter Reformation.


Mary Beth Carosello

Mary Beth Carosello

Mary Beth is one of our most popular instructors. One recent student commented that “As usual, Mary Beth brought enthusiasm and deep knowledge to her subject. I always feel as if I’m living in the time period we discuss…she brings it to life!”

We hope you’ll join instructor Carosello for a fresh look at this historic city!

To enroll: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/Course.aspx?reg=258556&qe=true.’

Unknown, Head of Hippokrates, Roman, 2nd century

Unknown, Head of Hippokrates, Roman, 2nd century

Unknown, Statue of Hercules, Roman, 100 - 199

Unknown, Statue of Hercules, Roman, 100 – 199

Western Art Survey Series, Part I starting in Fall

For those interested in joining our Western Art Survey, Fall is the perfect time to start! Part I covers the early periods of art history–from the dawn of the great civilizations in the Near East through the Middle Ages.  It’s rare that students are able to delve into this early time period over the course of 12 weeks. Plus, class includes a trip to LACMA as well as the Getty Villa, to see the works in question close up.

This survey has been one of our most popular and enduring offerings, due to its wonderful instructor Mary Beth Carosello. Students rave about her, and take as many classes as she is able to offer. As one student wrote:

“Mary Beth is just extraordinary. Her teaching style is so open and enthusiastic that you kind of get mesmerized: it’s contagious. She is incredibly knowledgeable about art from all ages and loves comments and questions from the class. The visits to the museums were a treat as well. I am only sorry that we have now done all three classes in the series.”

To read more about the class and enroll, click here.

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Two Chains, 250 – 400, Gold The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California

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Head Flask, 4th – 5th century, Glass The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California

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Portrait Head of Julia Titi, about 90, Marble with polychromy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California






This Spring: Survey of Western Art Part III

This Spring intrepid instructor Mary Beth Carosello will be back to lead Part III of our Art History Survey Series. The lectures concentrate on the masterpieces of architecture, painting, sculpture, and related arts from the late 17th through early 20th centuries. The course begins with the transition from Baroque to the Age of Enlightenment and Romantic-Classicism in the 18th century. Continuing with Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism, instruction emphasizes the work of Goya, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, van Gogh, and Rodin. Special emphasis is given to contemporaneous developments in architecture from Jefferson’s Monticello and the Arc de Triomphe to the skyscraper. The variety of movements that ushered in the 20th century include a study of Munch and German Expressionism, Matisse and Fauvism, and Picasso and Cubism, continuing through the work of Mondrian and the architecture of Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright.

We’re so glad to have Mary Beth leading this series, and I know students feel the same way. As one student put it “Mary Beth is such an amazing teacher. I have been thinking about taking an art class for some time now at UCLA and signed up because of her. You can tell that she truly loves what she is doing and she makes the class interesting and informative.” Another says “Instructor was one of the best I’ve ever had, in both undergraduate art history courses and graduate courses. Provided valuable supplemental information and activities incorporated into material. Instructor was approachable and friendly, and encouraged valuable discussion in class.”

Class meets on Tuesday evenings at the 1010 Westwood Center for 11 weeks, beginning April 3. There’s also a field trip to the Getty! Click here to enroll.

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