History of Venetian art (m) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Alessandra Zamperini
Alessandra Zamperini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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First half of Semester 1 dal Sep 25, 2017 al Nov 11, 2017.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course aims to provide the fundamental tools for understanding the formal development and the most relevant themes that can be found in the oeuvre of the painter Vittore Carpaccio; in particular, paintings will be analysed with the help of a wide series of sources (drawn from litterature, documents, etc.).
This course will underline the role played by Carpaccio in the Venetian context and his response to the social values of the time. In this light, a special focus will be set on iconography and iconology, stressing the painter’s connection to contemporary culture, not only in the visual field.


The Venetian context
The life of Carpaccio and the lost commissions
The teleri for the Scuole (Sant'Orsola, San Giovanni Evangelisti, San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, Santa Maria degli Albanesi, Santo Stefano)
The altarpieces
Two case-studies: The "Ladies" of the Correr Museum (Venice;) the "Knight" of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Madrid)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Cecil H. Clough A quest for identity: Carpaccio’s bethrotal portrait of Francesco Maria I Della Rovere “Arte Documento” 2003 17-19, 2003, pp. 258-263
Rona Goffen Carpaccio’s Portrait of a young Knight: identity and meaning “Arte Veneta” 1983 37, 1983-84, pp. 37-48.
Patricia Fortini Brown La pittura nell’età di Carpaccio: i grandi cicli narrativi Venezia, Albrizzi 1992 pp. 21-41, 61-89, 93-143, 170-199, 207-249
Augusto Gentili Le storie di Carpaccio. Venezia, i Turchi, gli Ebrei Venezia, Marsilio 1996
Gioia Mori L’iter salvationis cristiano nel Seppellimento di Cristo di Vittore Carpaccio “Storia dell’Arte” 1990 69, 1990, pp. 164-200.
Flavia Polignano Maliarde e cortigiane: titoli per una damnatio. Le Dame di Vittore Carpaccio “Venezia Cinquecento” 1992 2, 1992, 3, pp. 5-23
Linda Borean Nuove proposte e interpretazioni per le Storie della Vergine di Carpaccio nella Scuola degli Albanesi “Saggi e Memorie di Storia dell’Arte” 1994 n. 19, 1994, pp. 21-72.
Simona Cohen The birds and animals of Carpaccio’s Miles Christianus “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” 2002 139, 2002, pp. 225-250
Simona Cohen The enigma of Carpaccio’s Venetian Ladies “Renaissance Studies” 2005 19, 2005, 2, pp. 150-184.
Cathy Santore The fruits of Venus: Carpaccio’s two Courtesans “Arte veneta” 1988 42, 1988, pp. 34-39.

Assessment methods and criteria

oral exam