History of Medieval Art (i+p) - I MODULO PARTE (I) (2018/2019)

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Name of lecturer
Tiziana Franco
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Sem. 2A dal Feb 18, 2019 al Mar 30, 2019.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes


The aim of this course is to offer a good basic knowledge of the history of medieval art and introduce some of its general features. Furthermore, it introduces students to the specific terminology and helps them to interpret and understand the works from a stylistic, iconographic, historic and technical standpoint.
The subjects of the teaching program, as well as the proficiency and skills that are to be acquired, are characteristic features of Cultural Heritage studies.


The objective of this course is to offer an introduction to the study of medieval art. Given the extent of the Middles Ages, as well as the diversity and number of works and related problems therein, the course can only delineate the guidlines and examine certain representative subjects.

The course will consist of face-to-face lessons and at least two field trips to major medieval monuments in the Verona region; should there be a large number of students, the trips will be made in turns.
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 textbook, 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 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 students who attend the lessons and those who do not, but it is advisable that the latter contact the professor before taking the examination.

The preparation for the introductory course examination entails studying the textbook and other complementary texts.

• As for the textbook, students must study the chapters ranging from the Early Christian period up to, and including, the International Gothic period.
One of the following textbooks is also required reading:

- P.L. DE VECCHI - E. CERCHIARI, I tempi dell'arte. Dalla preistoria al Medioevo, Milano (Bompiani) 2000, volume I (da parte II, cap. 4, p. 158 fino alla fine)
- L’arte e la storia dell’arte, a cura di R. Scrinieri 1a (Il mondo antico) -1b (Il Medioevo), Milano (Minerva Italica) 2002 (vol. 1a, cap. 18-19, pp. 250-305; 1b, tutto)
- A. PINELLI, Le ragioni della bellezza. Dalla tarda antichità a Giotto, vol. II, Torino 2012
. COLOMBO, A. DIONISIO, N. ONIDA, G. SAVARESE (a cura di),, Opera. Architettura e arti visive nel tempo. II. Dall’arte altomedievale al Gotico internazionale. Milano: Bompiani, 2016ù

Students may also choose the following textbook:
P.L. DE VECCHI - E. CERCHIARI, Arte nel tempo, Milano (Bompiani) 1991 (da vol. I, tomo secondo (Il Medioevo), parte III, cap. I fino alla fine; inoltre vol. II, tomo I, cap. I, pp. 2-45)

Since late Gothic culture is almost always dealt with in the first chapter of a volume describing a later period (the Renaissance) that is not on the required reading list, students may study such a chapter from any textbook at their disposal.

The following texts are also part of the examination program:

- L. BELLOSI, Giotto, Firenze (Scala) 2000
- F. ZULIANI, La percezione del Medioevo, in L’arte medievale nel contesto (300-1300). Funzioni, iconografia, tecniche, a cura di P. Piva, Milano 2006, pp. 15-20 (this text can be downloaded from the university e-learning website)
- One of the following essays (at the beginning of the course students will be informed which photocopy shop has copies of these essays available):

. B. BREANK, Originalità e innovazione nell’arte medievale, in Arti e storia nel Medioevo, I. Tempi, spazi, Istituzioni, a cura di E. Castelnuovo e G. Sergi, Torino (Einaudi) 2002, pp. 3-69
. F. GANDOLFO, Cosa è giunto fino a noi. Distruzioni e perdite, in Arti e storia nel Medioevo, IV. Il Medioevo al passato e al presente, a cura di E. Castelnuovo e G. Sergi, Torino (Einaudi) 2004, pp. 33 – 76.
. G. OROFINO, “Leggere” le miniature medievali, in Arti e storia nel Medioevo, III. Del vedere: pubblici, forme e funzioni, a cura di E. Castelnuovo e G. Sergi, Torino (Einaudi) 2004, pp. 341-367
. E. PAGELLA, Vedere, copiare, interpretare: artisti e circolazione di modelli nell’ambito ecclesiastico, in Arti e storia nel Medioevo, I. Tempi, spazi, Istituzioni, a cura di E. Castelnuovo e G. Sergi, Torino (Einaudi) 2002, pp. 473-511.
. W. SAUERLÄNDER, Tempi vuoti e tempi pieni, in Arti e storia nel Medioevo, I. Tempi, spazi, Istituzioni, a cura di E. Castelnuovo e G. Sergi, Torino (Einaudi) 2002, pp. 121-170.

Assessment methods and criteria


The examination is oral and may include the use of images. For both those who attend the lessons and those who do not, the exam will be based on the entire course program and the above-mentioned texts.
The oral examination aims at verifying the following:
- depth and range of the acquired knowledge
- correct use of language
- ability to connect areas of knowledge in a systematic fashion
- competence in analytic and systematic reasoning