Museology and history of Venetian art - MUSEOLOGIA (I) I MODULO (2012/2013)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Enrico Dal Pozzolo
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Semestrino IIA dal Feb 25, 2013 al Apr 20, 2013.

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Lesson timetable

Semestrino IIA
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.4  
Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.3  
Friday 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.4  

Learning outcomes

A general knowledge of public and private collecting (mostly artistic); how to “read” a museum


Prerequisites: None (the introductory modules of Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Art History are recommended).

Contents of the Course: Elements of museology and the history of collecting. The module analyzes the main dynamics operating in the formation of public and private art collections. In view of the critical and historiographical debate, it will explore the ways collections are managed, the works are preserved, and the commercial variables to which they have been subjected throughout the centuries (with particular attention to the Italian area from Middle Age to the XX century)

Bibliography: C. De Benedictis, Per la storia del collezionismo italiano. Fonti e documenti, Ponte alle Grazie, Milano, 2001; Il Museo oggi. Linee guida per una museologia contemporanea, a cura di L. Cataldo e M. Paraventi, Ulrico Hoepli Editore, Milano 2007; S. Settis, Italia S.p.A. L’assalto al patrimonio culturale, Einaudi, Torino, 2002; S. Settis, Premessa, in Battaglie senza eroi. I beni culturali tra istituzioni e profitto, Electa, 2005, pp. 13-27.

Teaching methods: In-class lectures with slides and videos, invited talks, and field trips to museums, galleries and collections.

Assessment methods and criteria

The module will have a one-and-a-half hour written examination on the texts listed in the bibliography, followed by a brief oral examination that includes discussion of the written test and of a museum previously chosen and visited by the student.