Centuries of art and ideas from ancient Greece to the Renaissance are brought to life for College of Architecture study abroad students in Italy in a series of vivid lectures by Giovanni Di Pasquale, Texas A&M adjunct professor of science history and design philosophy.
In his classes, Di Pasquale contextualizes the many iconic artworks in Rome, Florence, and Siena seen by students at college’s study abroad venue in Castiglion Fiorentino.
Di Pasquale edited and contributed to a catalog of a new multimedia exhibit, “Archimedes in Syracuse,” that highlights the many accomplishments of Archimedes, a brilliant mathematician, physicist, inventor, engineer and astronomer who lived in Syracuse in the third century B.C.
His presentations lured Richard Davison, professor of visualization who occasionally leads study abroad classes in Italy, to sit among Di Pasquale’s students. “I was personally captivated by his classes and did not miss a single lecture,” said Davison.
In the Galileo Museum in Florence, where he is a curator, Di Pasquale hosts a tour where students see pre-Americas world maps, telescopes used by Galileo himself, and inventions that helped paved the way for modern science.
The exhibit is on display in the Silician city of Syracuse’s Galleria Civica Montevergini through 2019.
Giovanni Di Pasquale