Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0214 (AF:448570 AR:249847)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
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The course, considered as a core educational activity, aims to provide methodological tools that allow the student to elaborate a deep analysis of a work of art of Renaissance, to know how to connect them to the various contexts, by detecting the theoretical, economic, social and political implications.
- knowledge and understanding: knowledge of terminology; knowledge of main artists' poetic and works of art, groups and movements in the field of visual arts during the Renaissance;
- ability to apply knowledge and understanding: knowledge of how to use a precise terminology and ability to recognize main artists and works of art specified on the program, formulating an explanatory and argumentative exposure about artists' works and poetics;
- ability to understand: how to analyze a work of art or an artist's poetry or a group / movement among the studied ones, relating them to a correct temporal and cultural collocation; to be able to argue with property of language and correct formal analysis;
- communication skills: knowing how to use an appropriate and specific terminology, introduced and explained at lesson or on recommended texts and books; apply a good Italian syntax and grammar; being able to behave in a respectful and profitable way with professors and peers;
- learning skills: being able to understand how to connect a work of art or an author to cultural and artistic movements / groups or to a specific cultural moment, making comparisons between different themes based on thematic, formal, poetic bases.
Basic knowledge of 15th and 16th centuries Art History.
Venetian sculpture between Renaissance and Mannerism: typologies, forms and materials.
The course aims to offer an overview of Venetian sculpture between the 15th and 16th centuries, through the formal and stylistic evolution of some typologies, such as equestrian monuments, churches facades and funerary complexes. Works by the main artists who worked in Venice and in the dominions of the Serenissima will be analysed, including Donatello, the Lombardo family, Andrea Riccio, Jacopo Sansovino and Alessandro Vittoria, and the choices of materials used, especially marble and bronze, will be discussed.
• A.M. Schulz, The History of Venetian Renaissance Sculpture, ca. 1400-1530, 2 voll., London 2017 (chapters indicated at the beginning of the lessons).
• Da Bellini a Veronese. Temi di arte veneta, a cura di G. Toscano, F. Valcanover, Venezia 2004, essays:
- M. Ceriana, Profilo della scultura a Venezia tra 1450 e 1500, pp. 23-81.
- M. Ceriana, La scultura veneziana al tempo di Giorgione, pp. 253-298.
• M. Gaier, Facciate sacre a scopo profano: Venezia e la politica dei monumenti dal Quattrocento al Settecento, Venezia 2002 (chapters indicated at the beginning of the lessons).

A more specific bibliography will be distributed at the beginning of the lessons and on the Moodle platform.

Verification of learning takes place through an oral test. The exam aims to verify that the knowledge derived from the topics covered during the course and the basic concepts exposed in the reference bibliography and in the teaching materials present on the university's Moodle platform have been acquired.
For those who wish, it is possible to complete a part of the verification test (around 60%) through the presentation of a research paper, to be sent to the teacher at least 15 days before the exam, which will be discussed orally during the exam.
The course includes frontal lessons with projection of images, discussions of texts and active participation of students through reading exercises of the works of art proposed; visits to collections and monuments covered during classroom lessons are planned.
The course takes advantage of the support of the university's e-learning platform (, where the teaching materials will be uploaded.
Attendance is strongly recommended.

Ca' Foscari applies Italian law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) for support and accommodation services available to students with disabilities or with specific learning disabilities. In case of motor, visual, hearing or other disabilities (Law 17/1999) or a specific learning disorder (Law 170/2010) and need for support (classroom assistance, technological aids for carrying out individualized exams or exams, accessible format material, notes retrieval, specialist tutoring to support the study, interpreters or other), please contact the Disability and SLD office:
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 23/02/2024