This course will investigate the scope of Italian artistic ingenuity during the past century and a half and put it into the context of European art movements. Initially the new styles that broke from the past, such as Impressionism and Art Nouveau, arrived from outside sources. Italy, however, frequently generated powerful aesthetic movements that influenced the rest of the world, including the Futurists, Neo-Rationalism, and Arte Povera. Each week we will focus on a theme involving historical considerations, formal analysis, social impact, interpretation, and reception. We will make a site visit every other week, to small private collections or important architectural sites and will visit new museums devoted to modern art and architecture. A course fee (2014-2015 fee = $230) will be billed from Syracuse to cover days trips to Milan and Rome. Students have the option of signing up for a three-day trip to Paris with the fee announced in Florence and payable with a credit card. Meets with HOA 400.1.