History of Medieval Art (i+p) - II MODULO PARTE (P) (2017/2018)

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Tiziana Franco
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Second half of Semester 2 dal Apr 23, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

The subjects are characteristic features of the teaching program of this course, whose objective is to offer specific competence and background in an art history context. In particular, the course aims at an in-depth examination of a subject matter within the more general context of the history of medieval art, providing facts and ideas, and above all offering students the opportunity to learn to analyze the various, complex aspects of the art works discussed in the lessons.
This course presupposes mastery of the knowledge acquired in the introductory course of History of Medieval Art.


The program is valid only for the June 2018 examination session.

This course will deal with the principal iconographic themes connected to the representation of death (the meeting of the three living and three dead, the Triumph of Death, the Dance of Death, the Weighing of Souls) by discussing the currency of these themes in the Middle Ages and examining in depth certain typical cases in their historic, geographic and artistic context.

The course will consist of 36 hours of lessons (6 university credits) held in the classroom with the support of visual aids; pertinent field trips will also be part of the program.
The e-learning platform will include the powerpoints presented during the lessons in order to provide a large body of images and an outline useful in studying the textbooks, both for students who attend the lessons and those who do not.
For the entire academic year the lecturer or professor will receive individual students at the hours specified on the university web pages, without any need to make an appointment. Any possible changes in, or suspension of the above timetable will be promptly announced on the university website.
The course program is the same for those students who attend the lessons and those who do not, but it is advisable for the latter to contact the professor before taking the examination.

A detailed reading program to prepare for the examination will be provided at the beginning of the lessons. The following introductory reading is recommended:

- J. HUIZINGA, Autunno del Medioevo, ed. Milano (BUR) 1997 (1 ed. Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen, Haarlem 1919), pp. 187-203 (cap. XI: L’immagine della morte);

- P. ARIÈS, L’uomo e la morte dal Medioevo a oggi, ed. Milano (Mondadori) 1992 (1 ed. L’homme devant la mort), pp. 109-157 (cap. III: L’ora della morte memoria della vita);

- J. BASCHET, I mondi del Medioevo: i luoghi dell’Aldilà, in Arti e storia nel Medioevo, I. Tempi, spazi, Istituzioni, a cura di E. Castelnuovo e G. Sergi, Torino (Einaudi) 2002, pp. 317-347.
- Voci dall’Enciclopedia dell’arte medievale: Anastasi, Giudizio Universale, Inferno, Paradiso, Purgatorio

- M. BACCI, Investimenti per l’aldilà. Arte e raccomandazione per l’anima nel Medioevo, Bari 2003, pp. 39-71 (cap. II, Al di là della morte: spazi, tempi e forme del suffragio individuale)

- L. BELLOSI, Buffalmacco e il trionfo della morte, Torino (Einaudi) 1974, pp. 3-62

- L. BOLZONI, La predica dipinta. Gli affreschi del “Trionfo della Morte” e la predicazione domenicana, in Il Camposanto di Pisa, a cura di C. Baracchini ed E. Castelnuovo, Torino 1996, pp. 97-114.

- C. FRUGONI, Altri luoghi, cercando il paradiso (Il ciclo di Buffalmacco nel Camposanto di Pisa e la committenza domenicana, in “Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa” Classe di Lettere e Filosofia, Serie III, vol. 18, n. 4 (1988), pp. 1557-1643

- C. FRUGONI, La protesta affidata, in “Quaderni storici”, vol. 17, n. 50 (2) (I vivi e i morti) (agosto 1982), pp. 426-448

Assessment methods and criteria

This will be an oral examination, during which images may be referred to, whose objective is to verify
- degree of independent thought while discussing the subjects dealt with in the textbooks
- capacity to expound clearly and use correct and specific terminology
- capacity to recognize works of art, styles and iconographies
- degree of analytic and systematic reasoning

The teaching program consists of two distinct modules for a total of 12 university credits: introductory and advanced. Students may take both module examinations in a single session or in two separate sessions. The introductory exam must always precede the advanced module exam.