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*UTK Art History in Paris
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Costs Sheets Summer 2
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Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Student Apartment
Program Type: UT Faculty-Directed Open to non-UTK Students: No
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Field of Study:
Art History
Program Description:

Spend July in Paris!

Come study some of the greatest works of Western art in one of the greatest cities in the world. Taking advantage of Paris's incomparable artistic holdings, we will examine iconic masterworks like Michelangelo's Rebellious Slave, David's Oath of the Horatii, Monet's Impression, Sunrise, and Jackson Pollock's The Deep in person, lingering on crucial issues like scale, hue, presence, and touch that neither slides nor digital reproductions can ever fully capture. At the same time, we will savor Paris itself, exploring its medieval heart, its nineteenth-century boulevards, and its twentieth-century expat scene on foot as we move through seven centuries of art in both the classroom and the city's museums.

We will begin each morning with an hour-long lecture at our study center on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, just steps away from the historic Place de la Bastille. After this, we will move as a group to one of Paris's numerous museums for a two-hour discussion section rooted in a selection of individual works. Students will also be expected to spend an additional hour in the museum, completing assignments designed to get them thinking about the formal, historical, and methodological concerns that drive images, objects, and the discipline of art history itself.



Art History 173 Paris, Western Art II provides an introduction to the history of Western art from the fourteenth century to the present day. Taking advantage of Paris's incomparable artistic holdings, we will study iconic masterworks in person, examining the major artists, movements, and concerns that have driven the last seven hundred years of art making by making daily pilgrimages to the city's museums and other relevant sites. In the process, we will investigate the discipline of art history itself. Over the course of these three weeks, we will explore various ways of thinking and writing about art objects and other forms of material and visual culture.

Like its Knoxville counterpart, Art History 173 Paris is a three-credit course that has no prerequisites and satisfies half of the University's six-credit Arts and Humanities General Education requirement. Participants do not need to speak French, although a six-hour survival French course will be provided shortly after arrival.

Excursions and Field Trips

While you are in Paris, you will visit some of the world's greatest museums:


During his 17th century reign, Louis XIV converted his father's hunting lodge outside of Paris into the magnificent palace of Versailles. The palace is adorned with gilded wood, massive chandeliers and works of art, and the fantastic Galerie des Glaces [Hall of Mirrors]. Its overwhelming display of riches illustrates the Sun King's conviction of his absolute supremacy and the old regime extravagance that led to the French Revolution.

Claude Monet noticed the village of Giverny while looking out of a train window. He made up his mind to move there and rented a house and the area surrounding it. In 1890 he had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint. Some of his most famous paintings were of his garden in Giverny, famous for its rectangular Clos normand, with archways of climbing plants entwined around colored shrubs, and the water garden, formed by a tributary to the Epte, with the Japanese bridge, the pond with the water lily, the wisterias and the azaleas.


Students will live in double/triple occupancy room in shared student apartments

Program Leader

Dr. Mary Campbell, School of Art, Art History

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This program is currently not accepting applications.

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