History of Art Criticism I - LM - PARTE I (2016/2017)

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Name of lecturer
Valerio Terraroli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni) dal Oct 3, 2016 al Nov 12, 2016.

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Lesson timetable

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

Learning outcomes

The students should be able to aquire the elements to read and critically explain a historical/artistic testimonies and literary testimonies in an artistic/historical setting. The student should be able to examine analysis and comparisons on facts, expressing general lines of reasoning and deductions on the main subjects; consequently, the students should develop a smart use of the sources.
The course intends to give tools for a correct speaking ability discussing historical and artistic problems, critical and historical, iconological analysis of a work of art. The student should be able to use the specific glossary of the specific sector selected.


Sketch of history of art criticism
Vienna School of Art History
Development of decorative arts studies
The method of “pure visibility”
The theory of “modern taste”
The attribution method
The iconographic/iconological method
The Social Art History
The structuralist method
Methods of artistic/historic surveys in the last ten years

G. C. Sciolla, La critica d’arte del Novecento, Torino, UTET, 1995, pp. 3-35, 50-80, 11-136, 149-164, 233-246, 266-273, 375-381
Claudia Cieri Via, Nei dettagli nascosto. Per una storia del pensiero iconologico, Carocci editore, 1994, pp. 13-76, 119-134
H. Hauser, Le teorie dell’arte. Tendenze e metodi della critica moderna, Einaudi, Torino 1969, pp. 15-43, 71-97, 103-228
La storia delle storie dell'arte, a cura di O. Rossi Pinelli, Einaudi, Torino 2014, solamente la parte relativa al Novecento

Detailed text:
Alois Riegl, Problemi di stile (Stilfragen, Berlino 1893), Feltrinelli, Milano 1963, pp. 43-92
Aby Warburg, Botticelli (Sandro Botticellis 'Geburt der Venus' und 'Frühling'. Eine Untersuchung über die Vorstellungen von der Antike in der Italienischen Frührenaissance, 1893), Abscondita, Milano 2003, pp. 15-44, figg. 1-8
Heinrich Woelfflin, Concetti fondamentali della storia dell’arte (Kunstgeschichtliche grundbegriffe, Monaco 1915), Tea, Milano 1994, pp. 23-168
Henri Focillon, Vita delle forme (Vie des formes, 1934), Einaudi, Torino 2002, pp. 3-27
Erwin Panofky, Iconografia e iconologia. Introduzione allo studio dell’arte del Rinascimento (1939), in Id., Il significato nelle arti visive, Einaudi, Torino 1999, pp. 31-57
Arnold Hauser, Storia sociale dell’arte, Volume secondo. Rococò Neoclassicismo Romanticismo Arte moderna e contemporanea (The social history of art, 1951), Einaudi, Torino 1956, pp. 19-51
Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, Arti della visione. III Il linguaggio artistico, Einaudi, Torino 1952, pp. 230-239, 295-352
Fritz Saxl, La storia delle immagini (Lectures, Londra 1957), Laterza, Roma-Bari 2000, pp. 135-150, 243-256
Ernst H. Gombrich, Antichi maestri, nuove letture. Studi sull’arte del Rinascimento (New Light on Old Masters, Oxford 1986), Einaudi, Torino 2000, pp. 159-186
Michael Baxandall, Forme dell’intenzione. Sulla spiegazione storica delle opere d’arte (Patterns of Intention, Yale 1985), Eunaudi, Torino 2000, pp. 111-199
Henry Thode, Francesco d’Assisi e le origini dell’arte del Rinascimento in Italia (Franz von Assisi und der Anfang der Kunst der Renaissance in Italien, 1885), Donzelli editore, 2003, pp. 69-156
Frederick Antal, La pittura italiana tra classicismo e manierismo, Editori Riuniti, 1977, pp. 21-58

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam purposes should verify the learning and critic reprocessing capacities of the treated topics, texts and bibliography.
The exam contents inspects the proposed and discussed topics during the lessons, external tours and the seminary.
The modalities will be oral through a conversation on the above subjects. The exam will be oral with a conversation between student and professor related to the topics of the course, the bibliography and critic texts, the external tours.
The exam could be sit for the examination in one solution with both parts or separately for each module. The final evaluation will be the mathematics grade point average of the two grades.
The evaluation will be on 30/30 and, as written above, could be dispense in one session or through the grade point average of the two separate exams.