Social History of Art

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Communication Sciences
Academic year when starting the degree: 
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (72 hours)
Final Examination: 
Voto Finale

Course description and learning objectives

The student will acquire a survey on Italian History of Art from the Ist century A.D. to the XVth century, and will be able to compare the topics with a basic knowledge of Mediterranean and European History of Art. The iconographic and iconologic aspects, the patronage role and the public perception of Art have to be developed with special care.
Among the cognitive results expected can be indicated the primarly skills for a visual analysis of the art work, the use of the appropriate vocabulary; it is required a comparison ability, considering the correct space and time outiline. It means to apply knowledge accurately to comment on works of art and architecture, considering also geographical and chronological data, to identify stylistic characteristics and meaning of the art work using the proper language and showing the student’s knowledge comparing different phenomenons and periods.

Final assessment
The final examination consists of an oral exam with three general questions (i.g. Longobard art; one Romanesque building selected by the student; Giotto) related to the whole chronological period studied (i.g one question on the phase from Ist to VIth century, another on the period from VIIth to XIIth century and the last one on the XIIIth-XVth century). The valuation is in thirtieth. The mark includes one primarly valuation based on the answers to the three questions, which can be little modified considering the whole knowledge of the subject. The valuation is based on the knowledge of the topic, the ability of visual reading, the ability of employing correctly technical terminology relating to the practices of painting, sculpture, architecture, the correct space-time outline of phenomenons singularly and in the whole historic period considered.

• Introduction to Art History from Prehistory to the end of the Roman Republic (this part will not be required for the examination)
• Julio-Claudian age art;
• Pre Emperor Constantine I early Christian art;
• Flavian age art;
• Emperial Roman Art from IInd to Vth century;
• Post Emperor Constantine I early Christian art;
• Ostrogoth art;
• Byzantine art;
• Longobard art;
• Carolingian art;
• Ottonian art;
• Romanesque art (special interest on Italian Romanesque geography)
• Gothic art (special interest on the origin of the Gothic art)
• Royal French Gothic, Cistercian Gothic, Franciscan Gothic, Holy Roman Emperor Frederich II age Gothic, Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (architecture and painted cycles), Roman churches mosaic and painting cycles, Cavallini, Cimabue, Giotto, Simone Martini, i Lorenzetti, International Gothic
• The origin of the Flemish art.

Students have to show a deep knowledge of:

1. P. De Vecchi – L. Cerchiari, Arte nel tempo, Bompiani/Mondadori 1995 or following editions, including all chapters dedicated to the period indicated according to the different editions of the volumes.
2. Corpus 800 ca. slides available on the platform e-learning.