History of Medieval Art II [Sede VR] (2017/2018)

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Fabio Coden
Fabio Coden
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Second half of Semester 2 dal Apr 23, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to study the Romanesque architecture of the north-east of the Italian peninsula, between the first half of the eleventh century and the second half of the twelfth. Specific tools will be provided to understand the cultural contaminations taken place between geographical areas showing homogeneous characteristics.
The main purpose is to ensure the student the ability to identify, read and evaluate independently the specific characters of each of the areas that were able to show specific idiom in the central part of the Middle Ages. In addition, each student will be able to isolate and verify the stimuli that were received and re-proposed in the local language; both those coming from the center of the Latin Empire, both those coming from very far away areas, such as Byzantium and the Islamic lands.


> Topics
The first part of the course will be dedicated to understanding the Romanesque phenomenon and its historiographical distortions.
The second part of the course will be dedicated especially to the evaluation of the architectures.The artistic and architectural experiences of the north-east of the Italian peninsula will be examined in detail, starting from individual and specific case of studies; these monuments, that contribute to characterize specific areas in the cultural panorama of the alto-Adriatic land, will be individuated in the Romanesque period. Through these episodes, will be identified with precision the areas of perseverance of that strongly characterized the artistic languages.
The most important areas, with specific architectonical characters, that will be treated are the follows:
- the patriarchate of Aquileia;
- Venice;
- the Alpine area;
- Padua and its hinterland;
- Treviso;
- Vicenza;
- Verona.
> Teaching methods.
The course is based on lectures held by the teacher, in which will be stimulated also moments of confrontation. During the course, will be organized surveys to monuments, previously agreed with the students.
The material concerning the course (program, lessons, important communications, etc.) will be uploaded to the university e-learning/moodle site, at the end of each meeting or at the end of each group of lessons on a homogeneous topic; by the end of the course all the material will be made available to the students. All the students, both attending and non-attending, will have to enrol in the university platform site to gain access to the course and to support the exam.
> Bibliography
The bibliography will include one or more general texts and various essays concerning the areas and the monuments under investigation.
- X. BARRAL I ALTET, Contro l’arte romanica? Saggio su un passato reinventato, Milano 2009: capp. I (7-50), II (51-79), III (87-131), IV (141-150, 180-186), V (225-236).
- Veneto romanico, a cura di F. Zuliani, Milano, Electa, 2008 («Patrimonio artistico italiano»).
Further thematic essays will be provided at the beginning of the course
Bibliographic material will be available at:
30 e lode,
via Timavo 16,

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
X. BARRAL I ALTET Contro l’arte romanica? Saggio su un passato reinventato Jaca Book 2009 Solamente le seguenti parti: capp. I (7-50), II (51-79), III (87-131), IV (141-150, 180-186), V (225-236).
X. BARRAL I ALTER La basilica patriarcale di Aquileia: un grande monumento romanico del primo XI secolo, in «Arte medievale», VI, 2 2007
G. VALENZANO L’architettura ecclesiastica tra XI e XII secolo, in Storia dell’architettura nel Veneto. L’altomedioevo e il romanico, a cura di J. Schulz, Venezia 2009 Marsilio 2009 Solo il saggio di Giovanna Valenzano
G. SUITNER San Vigilio a Trento, in Le Venezie (Italia romanica, 12) 1991 pp. 388-404.
Zuliani Fulvio, a cura di Veneto romanico Jaca Book 2008 978-88-16-60303-5 Solo i monumenti trattati alle seguenti pagine: pp. 9-31, 35-174, 194-202, 216-222, 233-238, 243-252.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be oral, without distinction between attending and non-attending students.
The exam will focus on the topics discussed in the classroom and on the notions acquired through a specific bibliography.
The evaluation will be expressed in thirtieths.