History of medieval art

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ART/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide a critical approach to Western artistic culture in the millennium between the birth of Christian art and the 13th century, with particular attention to monumental contexts, iconography and the function of artefacts, all within a historical and chronological framework.
Expected learning outcomes
Suitable knowledge of the main monumental contexts and artefacts of the Western Middle Ages; knowledge of the main historiographical lines. Ability to frame a medieval architecture or artefact placing it chronologically, recognising its function, illustrating its iconography, highlighting its technical and technical-constructive peculiarities, all using an appropriate vocabulary.
Course syllabus and organization

(A-H)

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Title: Medieval Art between Byzantium and the Western World 313-1453


Teaching Unit A: General introduction to Medieval art.
Teaching Unit B: Paleochristian art 3rd-5th century.
Teaching Unit C: Early middle-ages 6th-10th century
Prerequisites for admission
Suitable knowledge of Greek and Roman art.
Suitable knowledge of Byzantine and Medieval history.
Suitable knowledge of the geographical area taken into consideration.
Suitable knowledge of the history, institutions, teachings of Christianism and of its principal denominations: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestantism.
It would be appreciated a basic notion of Greek and Latin languages.
Teaching methods
Lectures.
The course can be integrated by the workshop "Milano medievale: arte, architettura, contesti. Secoli IV-XIII" (20 hours, 3 cfu), which will take place in the first semester for a maximum of 25 students.
Teaching Resources
BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS
Unità didattica A
G. Cricco-F. P. Di Teodoro, Itinerari nell'arte, II vol., Dall'arte paleocristiana a Giotto, Zanichelli, 4th edition, 2016, YELLOW VERSION.
Unità didattica B
B. V. Pentcheva, Icone e potere. La Madre di Dio a Bisanzio, Milano, Jaca Book, 2010 and subsequent editions (2018), pp. 1-144.
Unità didattica C
B. V. Pentcheva, Icone e potere. La Madre di Dio a Bisanzio, Milano, Jaca Book, 2010 and subsequent editions (2018), pp. 144-255.


BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

Teaching Unit A
G. Cricco-F. P. Di Teodoro, Itinerari nell'arte, II vol., Dall'arte paleocristiana a Giotto, Zanichelli, 4th edition 2016, YELLOW VERSION.
Teaching Unit B
B. V. Pentcheva, Icone e potere. La Madre di Dio a Bisanzio, Milano, Jaca Book, 2010 and subsequent editions (2018), pp. 1-144.
Teaching Unit C
B. V. Pentcheva, Icone e potere. La Madre di Dio a Bisanzio, Milano, Jaca Book, 2010 and subsequent editions (2018), pp. 144-255.

FOR ALL NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS:
Program as above PLUS ONE book of your choice from the following:
A. Torno Ginnasi, L'incoronazione celeste nel mondo bizantino. Politica, cerimoniale, numismatica e arti figurative (Archaeopress Archaeology), Archaeopress, Oxford, 2014.
-Il viaggio dell'icona dalle origini alla caduta di Bisanzio, a cura di T. Velmans, Milano, Jaca Book, 2002 (and subsequent editions), pp. 7-150.
-L. Castelfranchi Vegas, L'arte ottoniana intorno al Mille, Milano, Jaca Book, 2002.
-Pittura murale del Medioevo lombardo, a cura di P. Piva, Milano, Jaca Book, 2006.
-I. Herklotz, Gli eredi di Costantino. Il Papato, il Laterano e la propaganda visiva nel XII secolo, Roma, Viella, 2000.
-B. Zanardi, Giotto e Pietro Cavallini. La questione di Assisi e il cantiere medievale della pittura a fresco, Milano, Skira, 2002, pp. 25-186.

FOR 12 CREDITS ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS:
Program as above PLUS TWO books from the list.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination consists of an interview aimed at verifying the acquired knowledge, the historical and chronological framing ability, the critical thinking and the speaking skills.
Unita' didattica A
L-ART/01 - HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL ART - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ART/01 - HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL ART - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ART/01 - HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL ART - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

(I-Z)

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Title: Approaching the Medieval Art History

Teaching Unit A: Features of medieval art history, between the 4th and the 14th centuries.
Teaching Unit B: From the main models of the late antiquity to the early medieval reworking, approaching exemplary cases between architecture, painting and sculpture.
Prerequisites for admission
Suitable knowledge of the main historical facts and institutions of late antiquity and the Middle Ages in the West.
Teaching methods
Lectures.
The course can be integrated by the workshop "Milano medievale: arte, architettura, contesti. Secoli IV-XIII" (20 hours, 3 cfu), which will take place in the first semester for a maximum of 25 students.
Teaching Resources
BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS

Teaching Unit A:
Full study of the E-learning course available on the website: ariel.unimi.it / Storia dell'arte medievale I-Z, under "Lineamenti di Storia dell'arte medievale".

Teaching Unit B:
Knowledge of the topics covered during the lectures (slides available on the website: ariel.unimi.it / Storia dell'arte medievale I-Z).
Full study of the following essay: J. Mitchell, L'arte nell'Italia longobarda e nell'Europa carolingia, in C. Bertelli, G.P. Brogiolo (eds), Il futuro dei Longobardi. L'Italia e la costruzione dell'Europa di Carlo Magno, Saggi, Milano, Skira, 2000, pp. 173-187 (FULL TEXT available on the website: ariel.unimi.it / Storia dell'arte medievale I-Z).

Teaching Unit C:
Knowledge of the topics covered during the lectures (slides available on the website: ariel.unimi.it / Storia dell'arte medievale I-Z).
Study of the following book: X. Barral i Altet, Contro l'arte romanica? Saggio su un passato reinventato, Milano, Jaca Book, 2009 and reprints [chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, pp. 7-220, including footnotes, illustrations and captions].


BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

Teaching Unit A:
Full study of the E-learning course available on the website: ariel.unimi.it / Storia dell'arte medievale I-Z, under "Lineamenti di Storia dell'arte medievale".

Teaching Unit B:
Full study of the following book: M. della Valle, Costantinopoli e il suo impero. Arte, architettura, urbanistica nel millennio bizantino, Milano, Jaca Book, 2007 and reprints.

Teaching Unit C:
Full study of the following book: X. Barral i Altet, Contro l'arte romanica? Saggio su un passato reinventato, Milano, Jaca Book, 2009 and reprints.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination consists of an interview aimed at verifying the acquired knowledge, the historical and chronological framing ability, the critical thinking and the speaking skills.
Unita' didattica A
L-ART/01 - HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL ART - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-ART/01 - HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL ART - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-ART/01 - HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL ART - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
Till the end of November 2021: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 14.30-15.30, by email appointment.
Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment, via Noto 6, 20141 Milan (or Video-call MS Teams)