Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0250 (AF:360778 AR:190358)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6 out of 12 of HISTORY OF MODERN ART
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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This course is one of the core educational activities of the Master's Degree in History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage. It aims to provide students with critical tools for a deep knowledge of Renaissance Venetian painting, with a focus on the narrative cycles for the Scuole (XVth-XVIth centuries), from Carpaccio to Tintoretto.
Knowledge and understanding : deep knwoledge of Venetian Renaissance narrative painting for the Scuole Grandi (XV-XVIth centuries), with a particular interest in social and historical context and religius debates.
Ability to employ knowledge and understanding : students will be able to master the main contents, concepts and terms of the course ; elaboration of personal and critical speech supporting by the tools provided by the teacher.
Capacity of judgment : students will be able to develop a critical approach on the different contents of the course and to provide a personal and informed opinion.
Communicative skills : students will be able to discuss specific subjects, respecting Italian syntax and enjoying the dialogue with teacher and other students.
Understanding skills : students’ understanding skills will be stimulate thanks to the seminar approach and inclusive discussions animated by teacher, academic scholars and other students.
A good knowledge of the art history (Early Modern period) is recommended.
Painting « istorie » in Renaissance Venice from Carpaccio to Tintoretto
This course focuses on Venetian Renaissance painting (XV-XVIth centuries), with a particular attention to narrative painting for the Scuole (Carpaccio, Tiziano, Paris Bordon, Tintoretto, etc.). Through a deep investigation of historical and social context, religious debate, relationship between painting and sources and between artists and patrons, we will discuss the complexe and fascinating topics of pictorial invention and the representation of the other in Venetian Renaissance painting.
Bibliografia (da confermare)
P. Fortini Brown, « La pittura nell’età di Carpaccio », Venezia 1992, pp. 21-89, 147-175, 235-255
A. Gentili, « Le storie di Carpaccio. Venezia, i Turchi, gli Ebrei », Venezia 1996
V. Stoichita, « L'immagine dell'altro. Neri, giudei, musulmani e gitani nella pittura occidentale dell'età moderna », Firenze, 2019
A. Gentili, « San Marco nelle immagini del Cinquecento. Problemi di iconologia contestuale », in A. Niero (a cura di), San Marco: aspetti storici e agiografici, Atti del convegno internazionale di studi, Venezia, 26-29 aprile 1994, Venezia 1996, pp. 303-312.
M. E. Massimi, « Jacopo Tintoretto e i confratelli della Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Strategie culturali e committenza artistica », in Venezia Cinquecento, 9/1995, pp. 5-108.
V. Sapienza, « Miti, metafore e profezie. Le Storie di Maria di Jacopo Tintoretto nella sala terrena della Scuola Grande di San Rocco », in Venezia Cinquecento, 33/2007, pp. 49-140.
V. Sapienza, « Entre songe et transmutation: les deux Vierges évanouies dans la Crucifixion de Tintoret à la Scuola Grande di San Rocco », Mireille Demaules (dir.), Expériences oniriques dans la littérature du Moyen-Âge au XVIIIe siècle, atti del convegno internazionale di studi, Arras, Università d'Artois, 30-31 maggio 2013, Parigi, Editions Champion, 2016, pp. 205-224.
T. Nichols, “Secular Charity, Sacred Poverty: Picturing the Poor in Renaissance Venice”, Art History, 30 (2007):

Letture di approfondimento
L. Zorzi, « Carpaccio e la rappresentazione di S. Orsola », Torino 1988
G. Nepi Scirè (a cura di), « Carpaccio. Pittore di storia », cat., Venezia, Gallerie dell’Accademia, 24 nov. 2004- 13 marzo 2005, Venezia, 2004
A. Mazzotta, In his father’s workshop. Giovanni Bellini’s paintings for the Scuola di S. Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, in The Burlington Magazine, 160/2018, pp. 283-289
G. Matino, Identità e rappresentazione: i ritratti di gruppo dei cittadini originari della Scuola Grande di San Marco, 1504-1534, Venezia Cinquecento, 49/2015, pp. 5-63
G. Matino, Il ciclo dell’Albergo della Scuola Grande di San Marco: una nuova prospettiva, pp. 117-133
R. Battaglia, I miracoli di san Marco di Jacopo Tintoretto nella Sala Capitolare, pp. 135-154
G. Romanelli, Tintoretto. La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Milano 1994
A. Gallo, Retorica tintorettiana, in Venezia Cinquecento, 9/1995, pp. 171-251
G. Romanelli, La luce e le tenebre. Tintoretto alla Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venezia 2011.
The oral exam will focus on the course and bibliography contents but also on a straight personal experience of works of art.
The course is organised in lectures with ppt, visits to museums, exhibitions and monuments and seminars to increase some specific subjects.
The attendance at this course is strongly recommended. Students who could not participate have to plan the exam's program together with the professor. Bibliography will be confirmed at the beginning of the course.
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Last update of the programme: 12/07/2021