HISTORY OF MODERN ART
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Attain a solid level of knowledge of the historical events of 15th century and early 16th century sculpture, including in relation to painting and architecture of the same period.
Acquire a critical method of analysis of the literature in this field and artistic works, with special attention given to the history of art techniques.
Course contents summary
In the second half of the 15th century, the role of the Lombard workshops in shaping Italian sculpture was in no way inferior to that of the Tuscan tradition, as has been maintained by traditional art history criticism of the past. This course has therefore been designed to trace the main events in the history of Italian sculpture to verify the influences in sculptural tradition in Northern and Central Italy in defining Renaissance artistic language, with special emphasis on the Po Valley region.
P. De Vecchi, E. Cerchiari, Arte nel tempo. Il Quattrocento e il Cinquecento, Milano 1995.
F. Negri Arnoldi, La scultura del Quattrocento, Torino 1994.
M. Mussini, Il crocifisso di Ca' de Caroli e i crocifissi lignei tedeschi in Italia, in Studi in onore di Mons. Gilberto Baroni vescovo di Reggio Emilia, Genova 1988, pp. 370-400.
The course is divided into two sections.
Through analysis of past criticism, it is possible to comprehend how different approaches to aesthetics can lead to understanding works of art in different ways, and how the methods used can sometimes even impact on the results of philological analysis of these works.
Through slides, students are guided through the aesthetic and philological interpretation of works of art, also in preparation to guided tours of monuments and museums.
Students are evaluated in oral exams in which the competence level attained in the topics covered in classroom lectures and through the reading of recommended texts is ascertained.