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Anatomia Italiana del Sud: The Cultural History of Anatomy in Southern Italy
(3 credits) May 1 - August 4, 2018
Dr. Kevin Petti
San Diego Miramar College
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This course is an international experience preceded by the completion of an online curriculum that employs a series of readings in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly books that put the travel experience into context, and are followed by the development of a teaching module after the travel. This interdisciplinary experience allows for students to connect art and anatomy in a unique manner. The result is a deeper and richer understanding of the historic and cultural underpinnings of anatomy education.
Students will participate in a 12-day visit to Southern Italy, with nine of those days in Sicily, and three days in Naples and the vicinity. The itinerary examines ancient Greco-Roman depictions of the human form in sculpture, painting, and mosaic - including the body as a vehicle for religious expression in two Capuchin Crypts. Also featured are university anatomy museums in Palermo and Napes, as well as the ruins of Pompeii, a city covered with volcanic ash 2,000 years ago. Highlights also include historic anatomy theaters and centuries old anatomical wax models, as well as the Riace Bronzes, 4th century BCE sculptures that are amazingly accurate anatomically as well as culturally important. These masterpieces will be considered with the context of how they were influenced by the dissections conducted by the artistic masters.
The travel expenses are not included in the 3-credit tuition for this course. See website for more details.