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Golden Prague Class to Travel to Prague and Brno

November 1, 2016

“Golden Prague”.   This city in the center of Europe has become one of the greatest tourist attractions on the continent.  In this seminar students will learn why---and also why “golden” also refers to the efforts to make gold by alchemists lodged in the city.  Prague and many other sites in the Czech Lands, more or less the present Czech Republic, preserve largely intact as many monuments of art and architecture if note more than any other country on the continent.  At two points in the history Prague also became the imperial capital, and arguably the most important creative site in Europe.  This class will introduce the study of art and architecture in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia (the present Czech Republic) in the context of European history and culture.  While concentrating on the period ca. 1550-1800, the class will consider art from the Middle Ages to the present.  A class trip over spring term break will visit Prague, Brno and several important castles, palaces, monasteries, and cities around these major cities and between them.

Enrollment in the class is by application only, deadline December 1, 2016.