History of Medieval Architecture (i) (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Fabio Coden
Fabio Coden
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni) dal Oct 3, 2016 al Nov 12, 2016.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni)
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.5  
Wednesday 3:10 PM - 4:50 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.5  
Thursday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.5  

Learning outcomes

The course intends to introduce the students to a general knowledge of the Medieval architecture. The main purpose is to ensure the acquisition of a correct way of reading and comprehending the architectural forms, in the middle ages.


The Course is dived in few parts focused on the deepening of specific topics connected to the comprehension of the medieval architecture, with particular reference to the West area.
A section will focus on the analysis of the evolutionary aspects, from the beginning of the Christianity to the late Middles Age. The most important occidental monuments will be taken in consideration and, through detailed analysis of the plans, the main lines of evolution of the architectonic models will be identified .
Another part of the course will address more closely to the problems of medieval construction.
More visits to one or more monuments related to the topic of the lessons are expected.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
X. BARRAL I ALTET Alto medioevo. Dall’Antichità all’anno Mille 1998 pp. 73-181, 188-221.
R. Krautheimer Architettura paleocristiana e bizantina Electa 1986 capitolo I, pp. 7-26, “Gli inizi dell’architettura cristiana” capitolo II, pp. 33-68, “La costruzione delle chiese nell’età costantiniana” capitolo III, pp. 74-101, “L’architettura cristiana nelle capitali dopo Costantino”
G. COPPOLA L’edilizia nel medioevo 2015 capitolo 4, pp. 149-181, “La pietra”; capitolo 5, pp. 189-233, “Il legno”.
X. BARRAL I ALTET Romanico. Città, cattedrali e monasteri 1999 pp. 11-79, 117-149, 155-169, 172-192, 197-223.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.