The course is aimed at students of the three-year degree and wants to offer the methodological tools and basic knowledge for the study of art history in Italy in the early modern age. Through a chronological and geographical path, the development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy between the 15th and 18th centuries will be outlined. The objective is above all the acquisition by the student of the ability to orient himself stylistically and critically among the artists and the main works of the history of early modern art, with its main historiographical focuses. At the end of the course, students will be able to deal with the iconographic, stylistic and technical analysis of a work of art, in its historical and critical context.
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The course will illustrate the outlines of Italian art history from the 15th to the 18th century, through the stylistic and iconographic analysis of the works of art, the use of sources and the methodology for the study of art history. Individual artists, geographic schools, and patrons will be addressed, along with related critical junctures. For the preparation of the exam, the study of the recommended textbook will be used as a starting point to be integrated with the materials provided in class and with the slides made available by the teacher. An integral part of the program will be the fundamental visual knowledge of the works, through the visit to the main monuments and galleries of Rome.
For those who do not attend the program does not provide additional texts, but it is mandatory the knowledge of the topics covered during the course and it is therefore essential to obtain the slides made available by the teacher.

Core Documentation

General bibliography:

S. Settis – T. Montanari, Arte. Una storia naturale e civile. Dal Quattrocento alla Controriforma (vol. 3), Mondadori Editore

e S. Settis – T. Montanari, Arte. Una storia naturale e civile. Dal Barocco all’Impressionismo (vol. 4), Mondadori Editore (only to the 18th century, chapter 14 included)

One text of your choice:

1. A. De Marchi, La pala d’altare. Dal polittico alla pala quadra, Firenze, Art & libri, 2012.

2. A. Pinelli, La bella maniera. Artisti del Cinquecento tra regola e licenza, Torino, Einaudi 2003.

3. E. Panofsky, Studi di iconologia. I temi umanistici nell’arte del Rinascimento, ed. italiana Torino, Einaudi 2009.

4. F. Zeri, Pittura e controriforma. L’arte senza tempo di Scipione da Gaeta, ed. originale, Torino, Einaudi 1957 (ristampa Neri Pozza 1997).

5. F. Haskell, Mecenati e pittori. Studio sui rapporti tra arte e società italiana nell’età barocca, Torino, Einaudi 2020 (ed. originale Firenze, Sansoni, 1966).

6. T. Montanari, Il Barocco, Torino, Einaudi 2012.

7. F. Haskell – N. Penny, L’antico nella storia del gusto: La seduzione della scultura classica 1500-1900, Torino 1984.

8. M. Hirst, Michelangelo, la conquista della fama. 1475-1534, Roma, 2021.

Type of delivery of the course

In-person classes, also transmitted online on the Teams platform.

Type of evaluation

There will be two written exams, one in the middle of the course and one at the end, consisting of a test with closed and open answers and of the projection of some slides illustrated during the course, of which the student will have to write a historical-critical paper. Those students who have passed the written test, will have to discuss only the book of their choice among those indicated.