History of Modern Art (i+p) (2020/2021)

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Enrico Dal Pozzolo
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Teaching is organised as follows:
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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide a general understanding of the main phenomena in the field of modern art, both from a theoretical and methodological point of view and from that of a concrete approach to reading the work of art. The focus of the course is to highlight the complexity of the educational stages of an artist's journey through the analysis of his production, choosing among the most important figures in European painting of the modern age.


Course Content: the course provides an overview of the major artistic movements in Italy, between the beginning of the Fifteenth century (Tardogotico and Renaissance) and the the beginning of the Nineteenth century(Neoclassicism and Romanticism). In this course, it is impossible to analyse all aspects of this period, but some readings specimens will be proposed, especially connected with the taste and with the collecting and cultural contexts, also in a perspective of a methodological interrelationship.

a. Cultural phenomena in Italy and in Europe from the early Renaissance to Neoclassicism;
b. The protagonists of these cultural phenomena;
c. The main works of these artists.
Books: S. Settis, T. Montanari, Arte. Una storia Naturale e civile, Einaudi: vol. 3 (from the first to the last chapter), vol. 4, up to page 349; G. Sciolla, Studiare l’arte: metodo, analisi e interpretazione delle opere e degli artisti, Utet. It is expressly required the visual knowledge of all the images in the text of Settis and Montanaris, which will be subject to examination. For those who have never studied art history, we recommend to read the book by H. Gombrich, The story of Art, Phaidon.

Teaching methods: powerpoint, videos and (possibly) conferences. To improve the personal ability to read the works of art (particulary paintings), the (non-compulsory) attendance of the "Orientation Seminar for the reading of the pictorialworks" (online information) is recommended.

Assessment methods and criteria

There are two methods of examination.
The first is more traditional and includes a written test in the classroom. It is divided into three parts. The first part (a) consists of a test of recognition of twenty images taken from the manual (Settis-Montanari), each projected for a time of one minute: it will be necessary to indicate the title of the work, the date (or the period, if the date is not certain) of execution and - if possible - the location of the work. The second part (b) consists of a broader question on a specific topic: the time allowed for the paper is 40 minutes. A shorter question will follow (c), for which you will have 20 minutes. The total duration of the test in this mode is therefore 80 minutes. The correction will take place within the first few days after the test. It should be noted that in tests b and c not only the contents will be evaluated, but also the form and the respect of the spelling and grammar rules. To obtain a positive mark (18 or higher) it is necessary that at least ten of the twenty projected images are recognized and that the answers to questions b and c are considered sufficient.
Second method.
In case of need and / or teaching opportunity, there is also the possibility of carrying out the exam also electronically, using the multiple-answer question system. This possibility will be communicated by the teacher to the students in advance. This will take place in one of the University's computer rooms, if possible, otherwise remotely, with a zoom or similar connection. In this second mode the questions will be divided into two blocks:
I - Recognition of 20 images reproduced in the manual (Settis-Montanari), considering various aspects of the same (author of the work, subject, period, location, etc.) indicated in the manuals. For example: SLIDE 1 - QUESTION: Author of the work: 1: X; 2: Y; 3: Z; 4: none of these. The expected time is about 7 minutes, for each image it is 20 seconds.
II - After, there are 40 questions in the form of quizzes, each with four possible answers, of which only one correct (as above). They are taken from the manual of Settis and Montanari and from the book of Sciolla. Here, too, the expected time for each question is 20 seconds, with a total of 21 minutes for all the test. At the end of the two tests, the solutions to the various questions will be shown. To get a positive grade (18 or higher), you must correctly answer at least 35 of the 60 questions. The correction will be immediate, as processed by the system.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Salvatore Settis Tomaso Montanari Arte. Una storia Naturale e civile Einaudi 2019
G.C. Sciolla Studiare l'arte. Appunti sul metodo storico-artistico Utet 2001
Dal Pozzolo Dispensa   si veda il capitolo dedicato a Il Cinquecento, in Enrico Maria Dal Pozzolo, Pittura veneta, 24 Ore Cultura, Milano 2010, pp. 154-221. É inoltre necessario integrare tali letture con la memorizzazione delle immagini di altre opere di Tiziano caricati dal docente con elearning.
Fabrizio Biferali Tiziano. Il genio e il potere