The course introduces students to the world of Art and Architecture through the approach and methods of a historian. It provides skills and “tricks” needed to interpret Renaissance works of art and architecture, as well as appreciate them aesthetically.
The course guides the students in the acquaintance of major protagonists of Venice Renaissance Art and Architecture. It examines the evolution and development of Venetian Art and Architecture from the late XV century to the beginning of the XVII century, focusing on a selection of great masters and their masterpieces. Venice, with its outstanding monuments and its connections with all the great cultural centres in Europe and down along the whole Mediterranean sea, will give us a special opportunity to examine artworks and monuments in their original settings.
A great emphasis will be given to the rediscovery, use and interpretation of classical models of Roman and Greek tradition in all the fields of Renaissance culture.
The objectives are: to learn methods to analyse Renaissance works of art in their form, meaning and visual symbolism; to relate artworks to their historical background; to understand the master’s artistic views and intentions.
To be able to recognize the major social and historical forces which conditioned Renaissance Art in Italy and in Venice through the analysis of Italian intellectual, social, economic and political history.
To build a “language of observation”: a proper visual vocabulary to adequately describe artworks.
To improve the critical approach to reading, talking and writing on Art and Art history.
To become more familiar with the principal resources and tools for scholarly research in Art History (books, articles, web-sources etc.).
The lectures are supported by slide show presentations combined with seminars (for which students are assigned weekly reading tasks), site visits and research challenges.
Students will be encouraged to take part in discussions in Renaissance styles, workshops and techniques. Strong emphasis is set on the actual material culture of the city of Venice and its connections with the subject.
All-day co-curricular activity:
Visit to Vicenza, the town of Palladio.
Tuesday 27 February 2018
Opening lesson: Venice and the Myth of the Origins
Thursday 1 March 2018
The study of Antiquity in Art, Architecture and Literature as the beginning of the Renaissance
Tuesday 6 March 2018
A family of sculptors and architects: the works of Lombardo
Thursday 8 March 2018
Outside lesson: Art, Architecture and collectors: Palazzo Grimani and the Grimani collection
Tuesday 13 March 2018
Early masters of Venetian Renaissance Architecture: Antonio Rizzo and Mauro Codussi
Thursday 15 March 2018
Outside lesson: Santi Giovanni e Paolo and the Scuola Grande di San Marco
Tuesday 20 March 2018
The renewal of St. Mark's square: the Old Procuratie and the Clock Tower
Thursday 22 March 2018
Outside lesson: The Doge palace (and Ruskin exhibition)
Tuesday 27 March 2018
The Bellinis (1430-1516 Giovanni) and the reinvention of the Byzantine icons
Thursday 29 March 2018
The “Scuole Grandi” and the “teleri” (large paintings) masters: Vittore Carpaccio (1465-1525)
Tuesday 10 April 2018
Outside lesson: Frari, Scuola grande San Rocco, Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista
Thursday 12 April 2018
From the Netherlands to Venice: merchants, artists and collectors
Tuesday 17 April 2018
Iconology methods and Renaissance Painting, Warburg, Panofsky and Sebastiano del Piombo
Thursday 19 April 2018
Aldo Manuzio and Daniel Bomberg, Venice as the leader in the art of typography
Tuesday 24 April 2018
The Venetian School: Giorgione (1497-1510)
Thursday 26 April 2018
From Rome to Venice: Jacopo Sansovino, architect and sculptor
Thursday 3 May 2018
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (1489–1576)
Outside lesson: St Mark Library / Correr Museum (rescheduled lesson of May 1)
Tuesday 8 May 2018
Palladio and the new idea for Renaissance churches
Thursday 10 May 2018
Outside Lesson: the churches of Redentore and San Giorgio
Tuesday 15 May 2018
Music, Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice
Thursday 17 May 2018
The art of Veronese (1528-1588), Tintoretto (1518-1594) and Jacopo Bassano (1510-1592)
Tuesday 22 May 2018
Outside Lesson: Gallerie dell'Accademia
Thursday 24 May 2018
Vincenzo Scamozzi and the completion of St Mark's square
Tuesday 29 May 2018 FINAL EXAM
Please note that in order to reach the destination of our visit sites, lessons may be extended and partially span over the lunch break.
40% attendance and participation to lessons and visits, participation in class discussions
60% individual oral discussion, oral presentations in class or during a visits, research paper
A list of reading assignments and suggestions will be given for each lesson week by week.