Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
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Course code
FM0209 (AF:360782 AR:190344)
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Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
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1st Term
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The course is included among the obligatory courses of the curriculum dedicated to Early Modern Art History of the Degree Course in History of the Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage and constitutes the second part of the 12 cfu course called Modern Architecture sp. The course will provide students with in-depth knowledge in a specific area of ​​architectural history and guarantees the acquisition of methodological tools that can also be applied outside the specific topics of the course. The specific theme of the course is the culture of the villa from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.
The objectives of the course are: to develop in students the ability to reflect on a specific architectural typology using appropriate basic methodological tools.
1. Knowledge and understanding
- Acquisition of appropriate terminology, bibliographic tools and vocabulary.
- Knowledge of specific examples in the field of villa culture and how to place them in a wider context.

2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- To understand, starting from the in-depth knowledge of a targeted selection of concrete examples, the potential of the application of specific investigation methodologies.
- Use acquired terminology effectively.

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Basic knowledge of the history of architecture (B.A. level).
The course is dedicated to the culture of the villa in Europe between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. The different types of living (temporarily) outside the city will be analyzed in a wide chronological and geographical range. According to a cultural, historical and geographical analysis, the different denominations that have been attributed to residences outside the city will be distinguished. The most significant terms that we will deal with are: villa, suburban villa, palazzo di villa, chateau, maison de plaisance, castle, manor, Schloss, Lustschloss. For each of the categories identified, precise and representative examples will be analyzed in relation to the function, the architectural theory and the historical and cultural context.
Among the topics addressed: the birth of the villa culture in fifteenth-century Florence, the villa in the Republic of Venice, Roman villas, from the chateau to the maison de plaisance, the Palladianism in England, the suburban palaces in the empire.
Depending on the number of students and the time available, visits to some examples of the Veneto area are planned.
Alla pagina Moodle del corso sono disponibile maggiori informazioni sulla bibliografia.
Testi obbligatori:
James Ackerman, The Villa: Form and Ideology of Country Houses, Princeton (Princeton University Press) 1990, trad. italiana, Torino (Einaudi) 2013 (cap. scelti su Moodle).
Peter Burke, The Invention of Leisure in Early Modern Europe, in “Past and Present” 146 (February 1995), pp. 136‐150.
Margherita Azzi Visentini, La villa in Italia. Quattrocento e Cinquecento, Milano, Electa-Mondadori 2000 (cap. scelti su Moodle)

Testi di consultazione:
Andrea Palladio e la villa veneta da Petrarca a Carlo Scarpa, cat. mostra Vicenza a cura di G.Beltramini e H.Burns, Venezia (Marsilio) 2005.
Alberta Campitelli, Alberta [a cura di], Atlante storico delle ville e dei giardini di Roma, Milano (Jaca Book) 2012.
David R. Coffin, The Villa in the Life of Renaissance Rome, Princeton (Princeton University Press) 1979.
Du Prey, Pierre de La Ruffinière, The villas of Pliny from antiquity to posterity, Chicago (Univ. of Chicago Press) 1994.
Mark Girouard, Life in the English Country House: A Social and Architectural History, New Haven and London (Yale University Press) 1978.
Amanda Lillie, Fifteenth-Century Florentine Villas: An Architectural and Social History, New York (Cambridge University Press) 2005.
Michelangelo Muraro, Civiltà delle ville venete, Udine (Magnus) 1986 e edizioni successive.

The verification will be based on:
- Participation in discussions during the lessons (20%)
- Classroom presentation of a previously agreed topic (20 min.) 40%
- Oral exam 40%
lectures, visits, discussions.
written and oral
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 30/09/2021