History of art criticism and restoration - STORIA DELLA CRITICA D'ARTE (I) I MODULO (2009/2010)

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Name of lecturer
Loredana Olivato
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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II semestre dal Feb 22, 2010 al Jun 5, 2010.

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Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

the course aims at pointing out the historical development of the artistic literature from XVth century to the contemporary age, showing the theoretical and methodological process through a direct comparison with the works of art and the cultural education of the protagonists. Lessons will be based on a selection and analysis of some particularly representative texts of the literature on the subject that will be considered in their context


Pre-requisite: not necessary; this notwithstanding the preparation of the exam is suggested after passing the introductive modules of Medieval and Modern Art History.

Content of the course: the lessons aim at showing the interrelations of some literary problems with the style and the theoretical fundaments of the contemporary attitude.

Texts of reference:
A. BLUNT, Le teorie artistiche in Italia dal Rinascimento al Manierismo, Torino, Einaudi, 1966 (or following reprints).
J. SCHLOSSER MAGNINO, La letteratura artistica: manuale delle fonti della storia dell'arte moderna, Firenze, La Nuova Italia Editrice, 1999 (or following reprints).
L. VENTURI, Storia della critica d’arte, Torino, Einaudi, 1964 (or following reprints).
G.C. SCIOLLA, La critica d’arte del Novecento, Torino, UTET, 1995
M.L.GUALANDI, L’antichità classica, Roma, Carrocci editore, 2001
During the lessons the teacher will define the precise pages that are necessary for the preparation of the exam. All texts will be available in copies at the end of the lessons.

Teaching methods: frontal lessons with projection of slides/pictures and analysis of texts.

Assessment methods and criteria

written test lasting two hours: two questions on the texts indicated in the bibliography.