78155 - Painting in the Modern Age (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures, Linguistics (cod. 9220)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Visual Arts (cod. 9071)

Course contents

"The early Renaissance in Bologna"

The course examines the transition from late Gothic to the Renaissance in Bologna: Paolo Uccello, Jacopo della Quercia, Marco Zoppo, Nicolò dell'Arca, Francesco del Cossa, Ercole de 'Roberti.

This course corresponds to 6 ECTS and, for students enrolled in the LM in Visual Arts, is completed with that of "Iconography and iconology" held by prof. Sonia Cavicchioli (12 ECTS).

Attending lectures is highly recommended.


Students has to know the chapters of an Art History textbook from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries (from Late Gothic to Neoclassicism). The following textbooks are recommended: G. Briganti, C. Bertelli, A. Giuliano, Storia dell'arte italiana, Milan, Electa, 1986 (and reprints); P. De Vecchi, E. Cerchiari, Arte nel tempo, Milan, Bompiani, 1991 (and reprints); S. Settis, T. Montanari, Arte. Una storia naturale e civile, Milano, Mondadori, 2019. If you would like to use other textbooks, please contact the teacher.

On the topics covered in the lessons:

A) Carlo Volpe, Tre vetrate ferraresi e il Rinascimento a Bologna, in “Arte antica e moderna”, 1, 1958, pp. 23-37; to be integrated with: Daniele Benati, Un Rinascimento rustico e fiero. Il Quattrocento a Bologna, in G. Pellinghelli (ed by), Da Bononia a Bologna. Percorsi d’eccellenza nell’arte bolognese, Allemandi, Torino 2012, pp. 77-83.

In addition, one of the following groups of short texts:

B) Giacomo A. Calogero, Il polittico di San Clemente di Agostino De Marchi e Marco Zoppo. Documenti, cronologia e stile, in “Prospettiva”, 163/164 (luglio/ottobre 2016), pp. 28-49; to be integrated with: Daniele Benati, Francesco del Cossa «bolognese», in D. Benati and G. A. Calogero (ed by), Arte e umanesimo a Bologna. Materiali e nuove prospettive, BUP - Bononia University Press, Bologna 2019, pp. 21-48;

C) Mauro Natale and Cecilia Cavalca (ed. by), Il polittico Griffoni rinasce a Bologna. La riscoperta di un capolavoro, exh. catalogue (Bologna, Palazzo Fava), Silvana Editoriale, Milano 2020, in part. pp. 13-27, 71-119, 145-159; to be integrated with: Daniele Benati, Quanti erano i santini del polittico Griffoni?, in M. Natale (ed. by), l polittico Griffoni. Un dono per la città, Minerva, Bologna 2021, pp. 59-75.

In addition to the group of texts chosen (B or C), non-attending students must add the reading of a third text from those indicated.

Some of the cited texts will be available in the "Teaching material" of the course.

Teaching methods

Attend classes.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed by means of an oral examination in which the candidate is required to engage in critical analysis based on the course readings.


Evaluation of the oral examination will follow the usual principle of judging excellence to mean evidence of a solid artistic and historical grounding and of a mature critical awareness.

During the oral examination, students must demonstrate to have acquired a critical understanding of the topics discussed during the course and a critical knowledge of the recommended bibliography.

After completing the course the student will be able:

• To know the features of artwork in early modern period

• Identify and analyze the most significant works

• Develop personal reflections

• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the various issues discussed

• Use correct terminology

The achievement of a comprehensive vision of the issues, the possession of a specific language, the originality of the reflection as well as familiarity with artwork analysis tools will be evaluated with marks of excellence. Knowledge mostly mechanical or mnemonic of matter, a capacity of synthesis and analysis articulated or not, a use of proper language but not always appropriate, as well as a school domain of the arguments of the course will lead to fair valuations. Training gaps or use inappropriate language, as well as a lack of knowledge of the arguments will lead to votes that will amount on the sufficiency threshold. Training gaps, inappropriate language, lack of orientation within the bibliography and inability to analyze will be evaluated negatively.

The assessment procedure is the same for students who attend or do not attend lectures.

Teaching tools

Ppt images, which will be made available to the student at the end of the course.

Office hours

See the website of Daniele Benati


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