Course Description

RISD CE course: A History of Art, Design and Passion in Venice

Giovanni Battista Brustolon, printmaker, after Canaletto, designer, The Grand Canal on Ascension Day, from the series Views of the Buildings and Passageways that Make Up the City of Venice, 1763. Museum Works of Art Fund. Courtesy of the RISD Museum.

Surviving and thriving against all odds, the city of Casanova, of seduction, shadows and shimmering marbles, Venice offers up layers of history, art, architecture and intrigue. This course explores the thousand-year story of this city floating on the sea, its architectural wonders, the artists such as Bellini and Canaletto who captured its color, and the writers such as John Ruskin and Thomas Mann who immortalized its eternal appeal. Giacamo Casanova’s autobiography, The History of My Life, will be used as a window onto the social customs and habits of Venice in the 18th century, when the city was the pleasure capital of Europe.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Feb 27, 2023 to Apr 09, 2023
Contact Hours
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Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $440.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Mar 20, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Feb 20, 2023
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Feb 27, 2023 to Apr 09, 2023
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $125 (estimate). A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class. 

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store. 
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