Musem Studies and History of Collections

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the teaching is to provide students with skills in the analysis of historical and contemporary displays in museums and temporary exhibitions, enabling them to read critical choices within the context of the contemporary art history studies, the connections with the restoration solutions of works of art and with their conservative needs, the relevance of the architectural choices.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: knowledge on the Italian exhibition culture of the first half of the 20th century, analyzed within the European and American context;
Applying knowledge and understanding: Acquisition of tools useful for orientation in the history of museology and museography; critical tools useful to read in the exhibitions the reasons of art criticism, the culture of restoration and conservation and of architecture.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
If the Covid-19 emergency should continue even in 2021, teaching will be delivered online, by a blend of synchronous and asynchronous telematic teaching, through Ariel and Teams. Students will find all the information to access the online lessons (links etc.) and any adjustment to the course program and bibliography by checking the course teaching site on Ariel, at the beginning of the 2nd semester. If it will be required by health emergency, students will take the examination online, through the Teams platform, according to the procedures that will be notified on the Ariel page at the end of the course lessons.
Course syllabus
Part A (History of Collections) - prof. Rossana Sacchi - 3cfu

Title :
Wunderkammern between Europe and Milan

Starting from the first, classic study on collecting, published in 1908 by Julius von Schlosser, the short cycle of lectures will fix the European phenomenon of court collecting to finally arrive at the magnificent eclectic Milanese collection of Manfredo Settala. The Settala collection, including art, science, nature and mirabilia, will be commented on, although today only a few pieces remain between the Ambrosiana, the MUDEC and the Castello Sforzesco.
Slides showed during lesson (images and texts) form an integral part of the exam preparation.

Julius Schlosser, Raccolte d'arte e di meraviglie del tardo Rinascimento [1908], Firenze.

R. Sacchi, Confronti spagnoli (visti da Milano), in A. Natali, A. Nova, M. Rossi (a cura di), La Tribuna del Principe. Storia, contesto, restauro, Firenze, Giunti, 2014, pp. 260-267.
The pdf of the text will be uploaded to the Ariel platform (Museology and History of Collecting) at the beginning of the lessons.

Septalianum Musaeum. Una collezione scientifica nella Milano del Seicento, a cura di A. Aimi, V. De Michele e A. Morandotti, Firenze, Giunti Marzocco 1984, pp. 21-44.
The pdf of the text will be uploaded to the Ariel platform (Museology and History of Collecting) at the beginning of the lessons.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of modern and contemporary Art History
Teaching methods
All the lessons of the course will take place with the help of powerpoints containing texts and images. The slides will then be made available to students on the ARIEL website of Storia della Letteratura artistica
Teaching Resources
Please, see all informations in Programma, Inglese.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The oral exam will be aimed at assessing the knowledge acquired, the ability in contextualizing the exhibition culture of the periods covered in the course, the method of analyzing the sources and the critical bibliography. The images provided in PDF are essential for exam preparation.
It will be assessed as insufficient the performance of those students showing learning gaps, inappropriate language, no orientation within the recommended bibliography.
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Sacchi Rossana