Introduction to Art History (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alessandra Zamperini
Alessandra Zamperini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IB dal Nov 14, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Tuesday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Wednesday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.1  
Thursday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM practice session Lecture Hall T.4 from Dec 1, 2016  to Jan 21, 2017
Friday 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM practice session Lecture Hall 1.1 from Dec 1, 2016  to Jan 21, 2017

Learning outcomes

This course is dedicated to understanding and putting in context the main subject matters which have characterized Art History from Middle Ages to the XIX century. In addition, the course will discuss the main methods of analysis in Art History. Lessons will focus on:
- Periods and designations
- Analysis of specific themes: the figure of the artist; the main genres; the perspective; the problem of time in the visual arts.
- Methods of analysing works of art
Seminaries devoted to in-depth examination of some subject matters (22 hours) will supplement the course. These lessons are warmly recommended.


This course aims at providing the essential tools for mastering the basics of the aforementioned themes in function of specific courses of Art History.

1. A Handbook of Art History. Recommended titles: Valerio Terraroli, Arte, Skira-Bompiani, 5 volumi; Pierluigi De Vecchi, Edda Cerchiari, Arte nel tempo, Bompiani, 3 volumi in 6 tomi.

2. Guido Galesso, Parole per vedere, Lecce, Pensa Multimedia, 2006
3. Antonio Pinelli, La storia dell’arte. Istruzioni per l’uso, Laterza (any edition)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Valerio Terraroli Arte Skira-Bompiani 2012
Pierluigi De Vecchi, Edda Cerchiari Arte nel tempo Bompiani 1995
Antonio Pinelli La storia dell'arte. Istruzioni per l'uso Laterza 2009
Guido Galesso Parole per vedere Pensa Multimedia 2006

Assessment methods and criteria

written exam