INTRODUCTION TO ARTISTIC LITERATURE

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Code
86911
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 8453 Conservation of Cultural Heritage (L-1) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-ART/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Conservation of Cultural Heritage)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The course aims to offer bachelor students a detailed overview, in a rigorous chronological path, of the sources and artistic historiography relating to the figurative arts between the Thirteenth and Eighteenth centuries.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to propose a careful relationship between the work of artists and the artistic treatises developed over the centuries under consideration (13th-18th century), in order to in order to highlight the cultural context in which these texts were created.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide students with the tools to learn, read and interpret the discussions on works of art, the work of artists and the value of artistic making developed during the indicated chronological period (13th-18th century).

At the end of the course, students must be able to establish with certainty the evolution of these issues in the chronological and historiographical context and to master as much as possible the technical vocabulary used in the world of the arts.

PREREQUISITES

It would be advisable for students to know the main artists and the most significant works of art, particularly in Italy, of the period under consideration (13th-18th century).

TEACHING METHODS

The lessons will hopefully be held in person (in the case of remote lessons via video conference on the Teams platform, the access code will be provided here).

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Program for students taking the 6 credit course:

 

1. Classification of the subject, reference bibliographic works and course objectives;
2. the age of Giotto and Dante: the artist's praise;
3. il Libro dell'arte by Cennino Cennini and the success of technical treatises;
4. Leon Battista Alberti:  De pictura and De statua;
5. the artistic treatises of the Fifteenth century: the Commentarii by Ghiberti and the De viris illustribus by Bartolomeo Facio;
6. the artistic treatises of the Fifteenth century: Antonio Filarete and Giovanni Santi;
7. the artistic treatises of the Fifteenth century: the Vita of Filippo Brunelleschi and Le Vite di XIV uomini singhulari in Firenze by Antonio di Tuccio Manetti;
8. Pomponio Gaurico, De sculptura, 1504 and Francesco Lancellotti, Tractato di pictura, Rome 1509;
9. the Prevasarian artistic treatises in Florence: the Libro by Antonio Billi, the Vite by Giovanni Battista Gelli and the Anonymous Magliabechiano (or Gaddiano);
10. the Prevasarian artistic treatises in Lombardy and Rome: Paolo Giovio and the Leonardi Vincii, Michaelis Angeli and Raphaelis Urbinatis Vitae;
11. Vasari's Lives: the 1550 edition;
12. Vasari's Lives: the 1568 edition;
13. Giovan Paolo Lomazzo: the Trattato dell'arte de la pittura, scoltura et architettura and the Idea del tempio della pittura;
14. the Rome of connoisseurs: Giovanni Battista Agucchi, Benedetto Giustiniani and Giulio Mancini;
15. Giovanni Baglione, Le vite di pittori, scultori e architetti dal pontificato di Gregorio XIII del 1572 fino all'epoca di papa Urbano Ottavo nel 1642 and Giovan Pietro Bellori, Le Vite de’ pittori, scultori et architetti moderni (1672);
16. Between ancients and moderns: Francesco Scannelli, Microcosmo della pittura (1657) and the Vite de pittori antichi scritte e illustrate da Carlo Dati nell'Accademia della Crusca lo Smarrito (1667);
17. Seventeenth-century Venice: Carlo Ridolfi, Le meraviglie dell'arte ovvero le Vite degli illustri pittori veneti e dello Stato (1646-48); and M. Boschini, La carta del navegar pitoresco (1660) and Le miniere della pittura (1664);
18. Le Vite de' pittori, scultori e architetti genovesi e de' forestieri che in Genova operarono (1674) by Raffaele Soprani and the Felsina pittrice (1678) by Carlo Cesare Malvasia;
19. Filippo Baldinucci and the Notizie de' professori del disegno da Cimabue in qua (1681-1728);
20. L. Pascoli, Vite de’ pittori, scultori ed architetti moderni, Rome 1730, and G.B.Passeri, Vite de’ pittori, scultori ed architetti che ànno lavorato in Roma, morti dal 1641 fino al 1673, Rome 1772.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography for students taking the 6-credit course:

J. Schlosser Magnino, La letteratura artistica: manuale delle fonti della storia dell'arte moderna, Firenze, La Nuova Italia, 1997 (or other edition; the italian text is completely readable at the following link: https: //digi.ub.uni- heidelberg.de/diglit/schlosser1964);

A. Blunt, Artistic Theories in Italy, 1450-1600, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1962 (= Turin, Einaudi, 2001).

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: Given the current health situation due to COVID, the teacher can be reached via email: eliana.carrara@unige.it, in order to arrange an interview via Teams or  another platform.

Exam Board

ELIANA CARRARA (President)

ELENA PUTTI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The lessons will hopefully be held in person (in the case of remote lessons via video conference on the Teams platform, the access code will be provided here).

LESSONS START

The start date of the lessons will be communicated as soon as possible.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The verification will be carried out through an oral interview.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral exam will aim to ascertain knowledge of the topics covered in class and of the texts assigned for reading.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
13/12/2021 14:00 GENOVA Orale
20/01/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
11/02/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
09/05/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
04/07/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
18/07/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale
12/09/2022 14:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

In case of conclusion of the Covid 19 emergency, the exams can be carried out in person. Otherwise, the codes and information issued on Teams will be valid.