History of medieval art (MA)

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-ART/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide the tools for analysing European figurative art between the 4th and 13th centuries, with particular attention to iconography and contextual relationships.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: Knowledge of the artistic culture of the Western Church in connection to liturgical practices and ideologies.
Applying knowledge and understanding: Acquiring advanced historical and critical skills and methods for the study of Medieval Art.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Lessons will take place online, through Microsoft Teams, team "Storia dell'arte medievale LM" (team code: aebosls).
Students can find all the information to follow the lectures (links etc.), any changes in the program and any changes in the bibliography on the Ariel teaching site (Storia dell'arte medievale LM).
If it will not possible to take the exam according to the Syllabus, the exam will take place remotely following the instructions given on the Ariel teaching site at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Title: "At the roots of medieval art: the early Christian artistic culture".

The following exam program will be valid for all students: there will be no distinction between attending and non-attending students, since all the lessons and all the materials will be available on the E-learning portals Ariel, Moodle, MS Teams, MS Stream.

The course deal with exemplary cases of early Christian artistic culture as an essential condition for understanding the specificities and developments of medieval art.

- Part A (20 h, 3 cfu): Forms of a new cult building.
- Part B (20 h, 3 cfu): Origin and development of Christian iconography.
- Part C (20 h, 3 cfu): From late Antiquity to the Middle Ages: the role of models.

For 6 cfu: Parts A and B.
Prerequisites for admission
Suitable knowledge of the main artefacts of western figurative art between the 4th and 13th centuries.
Teaching methods
Teaching will be provided mainly through video-lectures, mainly in synchronous and short time form (MS Teams, team "Storia dell'arte medievale LM", team code: aebosls).
The recordings of all the lectures will be available on MS Stream (link: MS Teams chat and Ariel teaching site).
At the beginning and at the end of each synchronous lecture there will be a discussion space, in order to clarify, reiterate and consolidate the topics covered, as well as encourage interaction between students and between student and professor.
For the same purpose, for the whole duration of the course on the Ariel teaching site the Forum "Discutiamone insieme LM" (let's discuss it together) will be active.
On the Ariel teaching site you will find the slides of the lectures, links to the recorded lectures on MS Stream, the link to the Moodle handbook, and other useful materials.
Teaching Resources
The following instructions will be valid for all students: there will be no distinction between attending and non-attending students, since all the lessons and all the materials will be available on the E-learning portals Ariel, Moodle, MS Teams, MS Stream.

International students are requested to agree on the study program with the professor.

- Part A (20 h, 3 cfu): Knowledge of the topics covered in the video lectures; knowledge of the following contribution (full-text PDF available on the Ariel teaching site): S. de Blaauw, Le origini e gli inizi dell'architettura cristiana, in S. de Blaauw (ed.), Storia dell'architettura italiana. Da Costantino a Carlo Magno, Milano 2010, pp. 22-53
- Part B (20 h, 3 cfu): Knowledge of the topics covered in the video lectures; knowledge of the following contribution (full-text PDF available on the Ariel teaching site): P. Piva, La 'metafora' di Matteo 25/ 31-33 nella pittura cimiteriale romana, in Ch. Blondeau et alii, Ars auro gemmisque prior, mélanges en hommage à Jean-Pierre Caillet, Zagreb 2013, pp. 119-130.
- Part C (20 h, 3 cfu): Knowledge of the topics covered in the video lectures; knowledge of the following article (full-text PDF at link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/767049 - after logging with University username and pw; also available from Digital Library Unimi / E-Journals / "Gesta"): J. Lowden, Concerning the Cotton Genesis and Other Illustrated Manuscripts of Genesis, "Gesta" 31/1 (1992), pp. 40-53.

For 6 cfu: Parts A and B.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination consists of an interview (face-to-face or by video-call, it depends on the evolution of the Covid-19 emergency) 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)