Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
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Course code
EM3E17 (AF:340009 AR:180880)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
3rd Term
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This module constitutes the first part of a 12-ECTS course (Modern and contemporary art) and develops a specific subject within the wider art historical research area of the curriculum. You will acquire more advanced notions – hopefully building upon what you previously learned – and competences in order to: understand the artistic and cultural context of Venice and the Veneto region, particularly in the early modern age (16th century); b) recognise its expressions within the stratified cultural heritage of local and national museums (Musei Civici, Galleria del’Accademia, and many more), but also in dedicated sections of museums worldwide. The criteria and tools learned can be fruitfully applied to other national and international contexts between the 15th and the 18th centuries. The module’s historical background (the Renaissance) is particularly relevant to the recent lively debate on its impact on and persistence in our contemporary cultural and entrepreneurial context (Entrepreneurial Renaissance).
Advanced knowledge of the articulated stratifications and inner dynamics of art history, with a focus on the protagonists of the Renaissance and on the role of the artwork as a response to a cultural need.
State-of-the art critical vocabulary that will allow you to develop complex argumentations, as well as analyse and assess different context, figures and artworks (philology of the visual sign, iconography, inferential criticism and cultural studies).
Capacity to identify and define contexts and periods for the management of permanent and temporary exhibitions; connecting the outstanding elements of an art-historical tradition to the current evolution of a territory by combining humanities, economics and management; establishing original connections between the “modernity” of the Renaissance and contemporary challenges.
Adequate knowledge of Italian art history and in particular of the Renaissance era.
How did Giorgione, Titian, Palladio and Veronese (four protagonists of the Venetian Cinquecento) contribute to the conceptual and visual representation of several important spaces of daily life? The spaces addressed will be, in order of appearance: landscape and gardens (Giorgione); the bedroom (Titian); the kitchen (Palladio); the dining room (Veronese).
Lecture notes;
Giuseppe Barbieri, La cucina nella prima età moderna. Architetti e cuochi a confronto, in Nelle cucine di Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, Terra Ferma, 2008, pp.13-67;
Id., La formazione dello spettatore-lettore. Giorgione e il paesaggio moderno, in Déjeuner sur l’herbe con Giorgione, Vicenza, Terra Ferma, 2009, pp. 13-63;
Id., Lo spazio attorno al corpo, in Nelle camere da letto di Tiziano, Crocetta del Montello (TV), Terra Ferma, 2010, pp. 13-63;
Id., «Fuora del luogo dove è il nostro Signore»: Paolo Veronese e lo spazio moderno della mensa, in Nelle sale da pranzo di Paolo Veronese, Crocetta del Montello (TV), Terra Ferma, 2011, pp. 13-71;
Indications about additional sources will be provided at the beginning of the course.
Written examination with open questions. Participation in seminars will also be assessed. Should the health emergency continue, the exam will be taken remotely using Open Book.
Classroom teaching at the beginning and end of the course (weeks 1 and 5); seminars with the students divided into 4 groups, focussed on the sharing of analyses, tools and case studies during the weeks in-between; possible visit to the Gallerie dell’Accademia in order to interact on site with some of the works presented during the course; possible visit to a private Palladian building, in compliance with the necessary precautions against the contagion.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Last update of the programme: 28/04/2020