History of medieval art

A.Y. 2021/2022
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
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/2022 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
Title: Medieval Art between Byzantium and the Western World 313-1453


Part A: General introduction to Medieval art.
Part Unit B: Paleochristian art 3rd-5th century.
Part 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
Part A
G. Cricco-F. P. Di Teodoro, Itinerari nell'arte, II vol., Dall'arte paleocristiana a Giotto, Zanichelli, 4th edition, 2016, YELLOW VERSION.
Part B
B. V. Pentcheva, Icone e potere. La Madre di Dio a Bisanzio, Milano, Jaca Book, 2010 and subsequent editions (2018), pp. 1-144.
Part 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

Part A
G. Cricco-F. P. Di Teodoro, Itinerari nell'arte, II vol., Dall'arte paleocristiana a Giotto, Zanichelli, 4th edition 2016, YELLOW VERSION.
Part B
B. V. Pentcheva, Icone e potere. La Madre di Dio a Bisanzio, Milano, Jaca Book, 2010 and subsequent editions (2018), pp. 1-144.
Part 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 (four-year course)
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
Lessons will be given primarily in presence and in streaming on the TEAMS platform. Access registration to the classroom has to follow procedures given by the University.
Course syllabus
Title: "Medieval Art: an Overview by Case Study".

The course aims to offer an approach to the history of medieval art and architecture through the analysis of case study in Italy and Europe, with some focus on the Byzantine East.

- Part A (20 h, 3 cfu): Features of History of medieval art, 4th-14th centuries (Introduction to the Moodle handbook "Lineamenti di Storia dell'arte medievale").
- Part B (20 h, 3 cfu): Case study from the Early Christian age to the early Middle ages.
- Part C (20 h, 3 cfu): Major contexts between the Romanesque and Gothic periods.

For 6 cfu: Parts A and B.
Note: The degree programme in Studies of Cultural Heritage requires a 9 cfu examination.
Prerequisites for admission
Suitable knowledge of the main historical facts and institutions of late antiquity and the Middle Ages in the West.
Teaching methods
Teaching will be delivered mainly through lectures. The course is linked to the Workshop "Medieval Milan" (20 hours, 3 cfu; enrolment, programme and calendar will be communicated over the coming months).
All the didactic materials, including the link to the Moodle handbook, will be uploaded on the Ariel teaching site, where the Forum "Discutiamone insieme!" (Let's discuss together!) will be active throughout the course. Please, consult the noticeboard frequently.
Teaching Resources
For ATTENDING students:

- Part A (20 h, 3 cfu): Moodle handbook "Lineamenti di Storia dell'arte medievale" (link available on the Ariel teaching site), Teaching units 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 (the other Teaching units are strongly recommended, but remains optional).

- Part B (20 h, 3 cfu): Knowledge of the topics covered in the lectures; knowledge of the following contribution (full-text PDF forthcoming on the Ariel teaching site): "L'età di Costantino", in H. Brandenburg, "Le prime chiese di Roma. IV-VII secolo", Nuova edizione aggiornata e ampliata, Roma-Milano 2013, pp. 16-53, graphic illustrations: pp. 283-288, footnotes: p. 349.
English version of this book is also available: "Ancient Churches of Rome from the Fourth to the Seventh Century", Turnhout 2005.

- Part C (20 h, 3 cfu): Knowledge of the topics covered in the lectures; knowledge of the following contribution (full-text PDF forthcoming on the Ariel teaching site): P. Piva, "San Pietro al Monte di Civate: una lettura iconografica in chiave contestuale", in Idem, "Pittura murale del medioevo lombardo. Ricerche iconografiche: l'alta Lombardia (secoli XI-XIII), Milano 2006, pp. 87-96 and 145-151, illustrations and captions.
[French version of this essay is also available: "San Pietro al Monte de Civate (Lecco): lecture iconographique en contexte", Cahiers archéologiques, 49 (2001), pp. 69-84].

For 6 cfu: Parts A and B.
Note: The degree programme in Studies of Cultural Heritage requires a 9 cfu examination.


For NOT ATTENDING students

- Part A (3 cfu): Moodle handbook "Lineamenti di Storia dell'arte medievale" (link available on the Ariel teaching site), Teaching units 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 (the remaining Teaching units are optional).

- Part B (3 cfu): Full study of the following book: M. Pastoureau, "Medioevo simbolico", Bari-Roma 2010 (earlier or later editions are also allowed, including in French: "Une histoire symbolique du Moyen Âge occidental", Paris 2004).

- Part C (3 cfu): Full study of the 3 following essays from the book edited by P. Piva "L'arte medievale nel contesto. 300-1300. Funzioni, iconografia, tecniche", Milano 2006:
F. Gandolfo, "La facciata scolpita" (pp. 79-103);
A. Cadei, "Le cattedrali alle origini del Gotico" (pp. 105-138);
A. Iacobini, "Il mosaico in Italia dall'XI all'inizio del XIII secolo: spazio, immagini, ideologia" (pp. 463-499).
Full-text PDF forthcoming on the Ariel teaching site.


For 6 cfu: Parts A and B.
Note: The degree programme in Studies of Cultural Heritage requires a 9 cfu examination.


USEFUL ADVISE FOR ALL STUDENTS

The illustrations and their captions are an essential part of each essay, so they must be studied in constant reference to the text, NOT as a secondary attachment. In addition, it will be the responsibility of each student to find in the Internet the images of the contexts dealt with in the essays but not adequately illustrated.

With reference to the topics covered by the Moodle handbook and by the essays, direct knowledge of the monumental and museum contexts of Milan is required. Wandering around the city discovering churches, paintings, sculptures, and sumptuary arts is the practical and most enjoyable part of the study: it is an opportunity not to be missed, particularly by Erasmus students.

All PDF material useful for exam preparation will be progressively uploaded to the Ariel teaching site, which you are advised to consult frequently, including for notices and warnings.
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
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)