The course aims at providing the fundamental tools for understanding the formal development and the most relevant themes in the Veneto region art production, with special attention to Venice, with the support of proper visual comparisons and iconographic/iconological interpretations, following an interdisciplinary approach, based on art historic, historic and literary sources. The main course's goals are: - Provide the students with the basic tools for being acquainted with the main cultural structures of a period, a theme or a painter; - Identify the prevailing iconographies and focus on the problems involved in their interpretation with a critical judgement; - Understand and make use of the fundamental sources in a proper way. During the course, students will be invited to verify the reliability of the theoretical statements they have learnt from the teacher by analysing the works of art by their own (slides will be loaded on the learning site). Furthermore, students will be encouraged to develop their judgement and express their opinions on the works of art, in order to increase their skills.
The course aims at providing the fundamental tools for understanding the formal development and the most relevant themes that can be found in the oeuvre of the paniter Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506); in particular, the works of art will be analysed with the help of a wide series of sources (drawn from literature, documents, etc.).
This course will underline the role played by Mantegna in the Italian context and his response to the cultural values of his time. In this light, a special focus will be set on the iconography and iconology of his paintings, stressing the artist’s connections, not only in the visual field.
The course's goal is to provide students with basic tools for recognising the main cultural structures in Mantegna’s oeuvre; recognising the prevailing iconographies; dealing with problems in interpreting Mantegna’s paintings with a critical judgement; recognising the main sources.
Students are frequently encouraged to verify the liabilty of the theoretical statements they have learnt from the teacher by analysing the works of art by their own (the works of art will be discussed during the lessons and their images will be loaded on the e-learning website); furthermore, students are encouraged to express their opinions on specific problems concerning particular works of art, so that they can develop their skills in analysing and giving their personal judgement.
The Italian context in the Fifteenth Century.
Andrea Mantegna (Isola di Carturo, 1431 - Mantua, 1506):
1. Training and early works.
2. The patrons and the Humanism.
3. The meaning of the works: religious subjects, the patrons’ celebration, the recovery of the Antiquity and its meaning.
Further study material is available at the copy center "30 e oltre".
|R. signori, D. Sogliani (a cura di)||A casa di Andrea Mantegna||Silvana Editoriale||2006||9788836606368||pp. 210-219|
|S. Bandera, H. Burns, V. Farinella (a cura di)||Andrea Mantegna: rivivere l’antico, costruire il moderno||Marsilio||2019||9788829703715||pp. 30-39; 60-65; 102-109; 117-125; 126-133|
|Ronald Lightbown||Mantegna||Monadori||1986||pp. 15-284|
|S. Marinelli, P. Marini (a cura di)||Mantegna e le arti a Verona 1400-1500||Marsilio||2006||9788831790208||pp. 37-61, 139-147|
Oral exam. Students are asked to recognise and describe the main cultural and formal features of Mantegna's works which will be discussed during the course; their iconography, as well as their literary and typological sources.