THE MIDDLE AGES: OBJECTS, QUESTIONS, AND APPROACHES

Storia e Critica d'Arte THE MIDDLE AGES: OBJECTS, QUESTIONS, AND APPROACHES

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DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
EQF7
ART HISTORY AND CRITICISM
2022/2023

OBBLIGATORIO
YEAR OF COURSE 1
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2016
AUTUMN SEMESTER
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
945LESSONS
ExamDate
APPELLO FEBBRAIO24/02/2023 - 10:00
APPELLO FEBBRAIO24/02/2023 - 10:00
APPELLO MAGGIO23/05/2023 - 09:00
APPELLO GIUGNO13/06/2023 - 09:00
APPELLO LUGLIO11/07/2023 - 09:00
APPELLO SETTEMBRE20/09/2023 - 09:00
APPELLO DICEMBRE13/12/2023 - 09:00
Objectives
THIS MODULE AIMS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH HISTORICAL-CRITICAL INSTRUMENTS TO UNDERTAKE THE ANALYSIS OF ARTEFACTS AS ELEMENTS OF HISTORICAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD. A TECHNICAL AND FORMAL ANALYSIS WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL FRAMEWORK, WITH REFERENCE TO EXISTING HISTORIOGRAPHY AND THE POSSIBILITY OF OVERCOMING IT.
WHERE EXISTING, CONTEMPORARY WRITTEN SOURCES, EVEN IF NOT STRICTLY RELATED, WILL BE CONSIDERED IN ORDER TO BETTER CONTEXTUALIZE THE VALUE OF MEDIEVAL ARTEFACTS WITHIN BROADER SOCIAL AND POLITICAL STUDIES.
AT THE END OF THE MODULE, THE STUDENT SHOULD HAVE ACQUIRED A CERTAIN AUTONOMY OF JUDGMENT; COMMUNICATION SKILLS; THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MAIN CENTERS OF ARTISTIC PRODUCTION AND OF THE QUESTION OF ARTISTIC PATRONAGE; THE ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE WORKS AND ANALYSE THEM FROM A HISTORICAL, STYLISTIC, ICONOGRAPHIC, AND TECHNICAL-MATERIAL POINT OF VIEW; THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE MAIN CRITICAL-METHODOLOGICAL PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE DISCIPLINE OF MEDIEVAL ART HISTORY; A CRITICAL POSITION TOWARDS SOURCES AND DOCUMENTS.
Prerequisites
A BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO ACCESS RELEVANT BIBLIOGRAPHY
Contents
THE MODULE WILL DEAL WITH THE VIRGIN MARY AS AN EMBLEM OF WISDOM, CHARITY, AUTHORITY AND POWER IN THE ARTS AND CULTURES OF THE WEST AND BYZANTIUM.
CASE STUDIES WILL PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ILLUSTRATE THE ARTISTIC PRODUCTION IN DIFFERENT HISTORICAL, CULTURAL, AND GEOGRAPHICAL CONTEXTS, FROM LATE ANTIQUITY TO THE LATE MIDDLE AGES.
METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES SUCH AS THE IMPORTANCE OF MATERIAL CULTURE IN THE HISTORICAL PRACTICE, THE CIRCULATION OF IDEAS AND IMAGES, ARTISTIC PATRONAGE AND ITS SOCIAL AND POLITICAL IMPACT, WILL BE AT THE CORE OF THE MODULE.
Teaching Methods
LECTURES IN THE CLASSROOM OR INA VIRTUAL CLASSROOM SUPPORTED WITH POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS.
Verification of learning
THE ACQUISITION OF COMPETENCES INHERENT TO THE ANALYSIS OF THEMES DEALT WITH OVER THE MODULE WILL BE VERIFIED THROUGH A WRITTEN ASSESSMENT DURING THE MODULE (TO BE PREPARED AT HOME AND HANDED IN AT LEAST 15 DAYS BEFORE THE ORAL EXAM) AND A FINAL ORAL EXAMINATION. THE WRITTEN ASSESSMENT (5–7 PAGES WITH FOOTNOTES, EXCLUDING THE BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ILLUSTRATIONS) WILL CONSIST OF AN ESSAY TO BE PRODUCED AT HOME AND CENTRED ON THE ANALYSIS OF AN EXAMPLE PREVIOUSLY AGREED WITH THE LECTURER.
Texts
G. CURZI, “LA DIFFUSIONE DELLE SEDES SAPIENTIAE : QUESTIONI CRONOLOGICHE TRA TOSCANA, UMBRIA, LAZIO E ABRUZZO NEI SECOLI XII E XIII”, STUDI MEDIEVALI E MODERNI 15.1/2 (2011), PP. 19–43. (PDF)

F. DELL’ACQUA, ICONOPHILIA: RELIGION, POLITICS, AND THE USE OF IMAGES IN ROME C.680–880. BIRMINGHAM BYZANTINE AND OTTOMAN STUDIES 27, ABINGDON-ON-THAMES 2020, CHAPTERS: 3, 4, 5, 6.
(BIBLIOTECA CENTRALE; O ACQUISTABILE COME LIBRO O EBOOK).

F. DELL’ACQUA, AN IMAGE OF AUTHORITY. THE IVORY PLAQUE WITH THE ENTHRONED VIRGIN FROM AACHEN, C. 800–810, IN (IN)SIGHTS REGARDING MEDIEVAL ART. A TRIBUTE TO HERBERT KESSLER, SPECIAL ISSUE OF ‘CODEX AQVILARENSIS. REVISTA DE ARTE MEDIEVAL’, 37 (2021), PP. 179–96. (PDF)

M. EVANGELATOU, “THE PURPLE THREAD OF THE FLESH. THE THEOLOGICAL CONNOTATIONS OF A NARRATIVE ICONOGRAPHIC ELEMENT IN BYZANTINE IMAGES OF THE ANNUNCIATION”, IN ANTONY EASTMOND, LIZ JAMES (EDS.), ICON AND WORD, ALDERSHOT, 2003, PP. 261–79. (PDF)

H. FLORA, “CIMABUE’S SANTA MARIA DEGLI ANGELI AT ASSISI,” IN STEVEN J. MCMICHAEL, KATHERINE WRISLEY SHELBY (EDS.), MEDIEVAL FRANCISCAN APPROACHES TO THE VIRGIN MARY. MATER SANCTISSIMA, MISERICORDIA, ET DOLOROSA, LEIDEN, BOSTON, 2019, 275–301 (PDF).


OTHERS TEXT WILL BE SUGGESTED IF NEEDED, BUT WILL NOT BE COMPULSORY
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THE MODULE WILL BE TAUGHT DURING THE FIRST SEMESTER (LATE SEPTEMBER–EARLY NOVEMBER)
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