The course explores in depth a meaningful chapter of the history of culture, which is a pivotal element of the education and the profession of architects. The course sets two primary objectives:
1. To improve the critical knowledge of the early modern architecture
2. To offer theoretical, methodological and technical tools to reading the architectural heritage.


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The course explores the history of architecture in Renaissance Rome and offers an overview of the major research methodology, e.g. the analysis of the material culture, the history of techniques, the study of drawings and maps, the reading of literary sources. The course is based on an interdisciplinary approach, which will emphasise the relations among the history of architecture, history of art, economic history and history of literature. Students will be asked to work on the different scales of the project (single monuments, cities, landscape). The class is organised in monographic lecture, seminars, conferences and visits on site.

Core Documentation

- Il Quattrocento, a cura di F.P. Fiore, Milano 1998
- Il primo Cinquecento, a cura di A. Bruschi, Milano 2002
- Il secondo Cinquecento, a cura di C. Conforti, R.J. Tuttle, Milano 2001

Reference Bibliography

On the history of early modern Rome: - Roma del Rinascimento, a cura di A. Pinelli, Roma 2007 - Martin Lutero a Roma, a cura di Michael Matheus, Arnold Nasselrath, Martin Wallraff, Roma Viella, 2019 - Vivere la città. Roma nel Rinascimento, a cura di Ivana Ait e Anna Esposito, Roma Viella 2020 - A. Esch, Roma dal medioevo al rinascimento (1378-1484), Roma, Viella 2021

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures, seminars, conferences, and lectures on site. Details and communications will be uploaded on http://corsiarchitettura.uniroma3.it/mattei/index.php/lezioni/
In case of an extension of containment measures related to the COVID-19 emergency, lectures and seminars will be delivered on the platform Microsoft Teams


Frequency (75% at least) is highly recommended. If it is not possible, students are invited to contact the professor by the end of October (francesca.mattei@uniroma3.it).

Type of evaluation

I will grade the final oral exam, which will begin with the discussion of the topic of the detailed study and will continue with questions on the program. To pass the exam, students are required to demonstrate that they have acquired a critical knowledge of the program and that they are able to use a proper specific language. I will grade the knowledge of the general and specific bibliography and the capability to discuss the program.
Students with disabilities or students with SLD Students with disabilities or with Specific Learning Disorders (SLD), accredited to the Service Center for disabled students and students with SLD, can apply directly to the professor, or through the Department’s delegate for disability/SLD, to decide on how to carry out the intermediate tests or the examinations. In case of an extension of containment measures related to the COVID-19 emergency, the final exam will be on the platform Microsoft Teams.