History of Medieval Art
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide tools of analysis, knowledge, and ability to recognize stylistic and philological works concerning the earthquake of 1117 and the consequent reconstruction in the Po Valley. Topics and peculiar aspects of specific emergencies will be explored during the course in order to provide the tools to move from a particular case study to a more general framework and viceversa. Moreover, great importance will be given to methods of analysis and construction of critical debate. Besides the course will gradually deepen, through seminar discussions, the readings provided during the regular course with the aim to improve student’s ability to learn and to expose.
Course contents summary
The course will focus on the earthquake of 1117, january 3 and the reconstruction of cathedrals and abbeys in the Po Valley but also in North Italy . Religious buildings Emilia will be firstly examined: the cathedral of Piacenza, Parma, Modena, Mantova, Verona, Cremona, the abbey church of San Benedetto Po, Nonantola, San Savino and sant’Eufemia in Piacenza, Sant’Ambrogio in Milan.
For those who have never do the exam of history of medieval-art is required the study of a handbook (except Argan’s one) from the Arch oh Costantine to Giotto included.
For those who have already taken History of Medieval Art and have attended the course:
C. TOSCO, L’architettura medievale in Italia, 600-1200, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016.
E. SILVESTRI, Una rilettura delle fasi costruttive del duomo di Modena, in «Atti e Memorie», s. XI, XXXV, 2013, pp. 117-149 (photocopies in secretary).
F. CODEN, “Terremotus maximus fuit”: il sisma del 1117 e l’architettura medioevale dell’area veronese, in “Arte veneta”, 67 (2010), pp. 7-24; on-line on “Reti medievali”, www.retimedievali.it.
For those who do not attend the course, they have to add:
A. CALZONA, Il cantiere medievale della cattedrale di Cremona, Cinisello Balsamo (MI), Silvana Editoriale, 2009
The teaching will mainly consist of lectures using an array of images prepared for each lesson. Besides the teacher will provide readings on the most relevant topics and will lead plenary discussions with the students referring to a series of articles and critical essays on particular issues for which will be organized weekly seminars.
Assessment methods and criteria
Students should be able to analyze the medieval architecture, with particular attention to its technical and stylistic peculiarities. At the same time, they should be able to understand the meanings in relation to the cultural context in which they have developed. During the lectures an active participation is expected. The students are also expected to deal with the case studies analyzed in the provided reading of essays and articles, thus sharpening their analytical skills and understanding the evolution of critical debate. The final oral examination will consist of the analysis of the proposed works during the course, in light of the critical literature indicated in the bibliography. During the course students will also be asked to present a lecture on an emblematic case study on these topics through which students must demonstrate to be able to properly set up a personal study, the bibliographical research, the mind-net , thus putting at stake its capabilities in terms of independence of judgment and communication skills.