Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The course provides the main knowledge for the study of the history of contemporary art. The themes of the lessons are the movements of the late eighteen century up to the Historical Avant-Garde of the mid-twentieth century.
Lines, currents, and movements will be examined in their historical-cultural connection, at once diachronic and synchronic, with the aim of developing the knowledge of the principal protagonists of each period improving the ability to identify artistic phenomena and connect them to cultural contexts.
The consciousness of the artistic production of each period will be essential, stimulated by exercises of recognition and assignment of some of the fundamental works for the history of contemporary art.
Expected learning outcomes
- knowledge and understanding: acquiring knowledge of the fundamental terminology of the discipline; get to know the main exponents, works of art, groups and movements of the visual arts according to the program;
- ability to apply knowledge and understanding: knowing how to adopt the reference terminology and recognize the main artists and works of art under study, methodically adopting the tools provided during the lessons and the reference bibliography;
- judgment skills: succeeding in the analysis of a work of art, examining the style and expressive choices of a single artist, current or artistic movement among those identified during the course, placing them correctly in their respective cultural contexts and reference time; knowing how to master the presentation of a given topic using an appropriate language and applying a formal analysis of the work;
- communication skills: knowing how to use appropriate and specific terminology, acquired during the lessons or through the study of the texts indicated; knowing how to argue with accuracy and language properties the theoretical foundations deepened during the course; knowing how to sustain a respectful and fruitful discussion with one's own reference teachers and with one's peers.
- learning skills: learning to use bibliographic resources and digital tools in the study of visual arts, to search for them in institutional contexts, such as museums, galleries, exhibitions, and online platforms (databases, catalogs, archives).
There are no pre-requirement but it is recommendable a preliminary knowledge of Ancient, Medieval and Modern art.
From Romanticism to the historical Avant-garde of the 20th century: the relation with the art-historical tradition between continuity, disruption, and innovation.
C. Bertelli, La storia dell’arte, Mondadori 2015, Vol. 3 (3a e 3b), ediz. “Verde”.
Further referral text will be indicated at the beginning of the course.
Written test on the main topics and artists tackled during the course. Questions will focus on the recognition, attribution, and formal analysis of specific artworks.
Frontal lessons with projections of images, power points and films.
Critical texts readings and debates; discussions with students will be encouraged.
Frontal lessons with projections of images, power points and films.
Seminars on specific topics.
Critical readings and debates; interaction with peers is strongly recommended.
Type of exam
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals
This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development
Last update of the programme: 27/01/2023
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