History of medieval art (MA)

A.Y. 2021/2022
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 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: "Artistic Culture of the Early Middle Ages. 7th-9th Centuries".

The course will deal with exemplary contexts of early medieval artistic culture in the West between the 8th and 9th centuries, relating them to the early Christian background and the developments leading to the Romanesque civilisation.

- Part A (20 h, 3 cfu): 7th-9th centuries: Rome as micro- and macro-cosmos
- Part B (20 h, 3 cfu): Origin and development of monasteries
- Part C (20 h, 3 cfu): Between Langobardia and Carolingian empire

For 6 cfu: Parts A and B.
The Master Degree in History and Criticism of Art usually requires a 9 cfu examination.

Please note:
Those who have NOT taken a History of Medieval Art exam in a Bachelor degree programme must first acquire a basic preparation by studying the Handbook specified in the following section.
Prerequisites for admission
Suitable knowledge of the main artefacts of western figurative art between the 4th and 13th centuries.

Those who have NOT taken a History of Medieval Art exam in a Bachelor degree programme must first acquire a basic preparation by studying the Moodle Handbook "Lineamenti di Storia dell'Arte Medievale" (link from the Ariel teaching site), chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14.
Teaching methods
Teaching will be delivered mainly through lectures. According to the health situation, visits are planned to some of Milan's medieval monuments.
All the didactic materials will be uploaded on the Ariel teaching site, where the Forum "Discutiamone insieme LM" (Let's discuss together - Master degree) will be active throughout the course. Please, consult the noticeboard frequently.
Teaching Resources
For ATTENDING students

- Part A (20 h, 3 cfu): Knowledge of the topics covered in the lectures; knowledge of the following contribution: M. Luchterhandt, "Rinascita a Roma, nell'Italia carolingia e meridionale", in S. De Blaauw (a cura di), "Storia dell'architettura italiana. Da Costantino a Carlo Magno", Milano 2010, pp. 322-373.
* Full-text PDF forthcoming on the Ariel teaching site.

- Part B (20 h, 3 cfu): Knowledge of the topics covered in the lectures; knowledge of the following contribution: H. Dey, "Architettura monastica dagli inizi all'epoca carolingia", in in S. De Blaauw (a cura di), "Storia dell'architettura italiana. Da Costantino a Carlo Magno", Milano 2010, pp. 300-321.
* Full-text PDF forthcoming on the Ariel teaching site.

- Part C (20 h, 3 cfu): Knowledge of the topics covered in the lectures; knowledge of the following contribution: S. Lomartire, "Architettura e decorazione dell'altomedioevo in Italia settentrionale. Una svolta sotto Carlo Magno?", in H.R. Sennhauser (a cura di), "Wandel und Konstanz swischen Bodensee und Lombardei zur Zeit Karl des Grossen, Zürich 2013, pp. 345-372.
* Full-text PDF forthcoming on the Ariel teaching site.

International students who do NOT have an adequate knowledge of the Italian language are requested to contact the lecturer to agree on a partially alternative examination syllabus.

For 6 cfu: Parts A and B.
Note: the Master Degree in History and Criticism of Art usually requires a 9 cfu examination.


For NON-ATTENDING students

- Part A (3 cfu): Full study of the following essays contained in S. De Blaauw (a cura di), "Storia dell'architettura italiana. Da Costantino a Carlo Magno", Milano 2010: G.P. Brogiolo, "La città altomedievale: trasformazioni dei centri antichi e nuove fondazioni" (pp. 270-299); M. Luchterhandt, "Rinascita a Roma, nell'Italia carolingia e meridionale" (pp. 322-373).
* Full-text PDF forthcoming on the Ariel teaching site.

- Part B (3 cfu): Full study of the following essays: G. Cantino Wataghin, "Cantieri monastici nell'alto medioevo in Italia settentrionale", in M.C. Somma (a cura di), "Cantieri e maestranze nell'Italia medievale", Spoleto 2010, pp. 279-344; H. Dey, "Architettura monastica dagli inizi all'epoca carolingia", in in S. De Blaauw (a cura di), "Storia dell'architettura italiana. Da Costantino a Carlo Magno", Milano 2010, pp. 300-321.
* Full-text PDF forthcoming on the Ariel teaching site.

- Part C (3 cfu): Full study of the following essays: S. Lomartire, "Architettura e decorazione dell'altomedioevo in Italia settentrionale. Una svolta sotto Carlo Magno?", in H.R. Sennhauser (a cura di), "Wandel und Konstanz swischen Bodensee und Lombardei zur Zeit Karl des Grossen, Zürich 2013, pp. 345-372; M. Exner, "Il programma iconografico della chiesa abbaziale nel contesto storico", in J. Goll, M. Exner, S. Hirsch (a cura di), "Müstair. Le pitture parietali medievali nella chiesa dell'abbazia", Müstair 2007, pp. 83-113 [for the benefit of international students, the book is also available in German].
* Full-text PDF forthcoming on the Ariel teaching site.

International students who do NOT have an adequate knowledge of the Italian language are requested to contact the lecturer to agree on a partially alternative examination syllabus.

For 6 cfu: Parts A and B.
Note: the Master Degree in History and Criticism of Art usually requires a 9 cfu examination.


ADVISE FOR ALL STUDENTS

Those who have NOT taken a History of Medieval Art exam in a Bachelor degree programme MUST first acquire a basic preparation by studying the Moodle Handbook "Lineamenti di Storia dell'Arte Medievale" (link from the Ariel teaching site), chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14.
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)