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4 Reasons to Study Art in Rome

14 MAR 2014
Career Path : Study Abroad

Seeing great art pieces up close gives them a whole new dimension; the impressiveness of many great works of art can only be truly grasped when they are viewed in real life. Here are some of the many other reasons that an art student should study abroad in Italy, especially in Rome:


1. History
Students in Rome have access to an immense wealth of cultural history and a vast number of historical sites. There is a considerable amount of history and art left over from Ancient Rome all the way through the Baroque and Renaissance eras. From Leonardo’s Renaissance masterpieces to Giorgio Morandi’s still life paintings, art students get to experience some of the best work from various different eras.

2. Location
It has been said that all roads lead to Rome and while this is not as true as it once was, the city is still a vital central point for travel. Rome is the capital of Italy and as such is an excellent hub from which to venture into other parts of the country. The ability to travel out is important for an art student since not all of Italy’s important art resides in Rome. There is the Termini Station and the Roma Tiburtina Station for those who wish to get to Rome’s other cities by train. From Rome, it is possible to travel to Florence and to the Amalfi Coast in less than two hours.

3. Museums
There are incredible museums in Rome that will be of interest to most artists, regardless of their preferences. For those who are interested in Italy’s modern renaissance, there is the National Museum of Art from the 21st Century (Maxxi). It has a permanent collection that includes works by Francesco Clemente and Alighiero Boetti. Also important for any art student is the famous Capitoline Museums, which has been building its own collection for two and a half centuries. The collection there includes a bronze statue of a she-wolf suckling Remus and Romulus along with paintings by Caravaggio and Titian. These are just two of the many different options students in Rome will have for seeing important works up close.

4. Monuments
For more art students who are more inclined towards architecture, there are monuments like the Coliseum. It will be well-known to most from books and movies, but it has to be seen in person to get a full sense of its scale and historical importance. The Coliseum is only the tip of the iceberg, however; there are also monuments like the Arch of Caracalla at Volubilis and the Roman Theater of Amman among many others.

Despite having a population of over three million, Rome still manages to feel like a small town; many ancient monuments are but a short bus-ride or walk away no matter where in the city a student lives. Study abroad in Italy offers far greater access to its many splendid sights than merely visiting the city for a few days while on vacation. It is called the Eternal City for good reason!

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