90627 - Psychology of Art and Fruition of the Image (1) (LM)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Visual Arts (cod. 9071)

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will acquire adequate knowledge of the different methodological approaches in psychology of art’s field. Furthermore, students will develop the critical skills necessary for the examination of the main issues affecting the experience of images in their various forms. Students will also be able to grasp the peculiarities of different perspectives aimed at analyzing both the processes of enjoyment of art among the public, and the cultural dimension of images in visual studies.

Course contents

The intimate gaze: objects, things, images

The course is about theories and practices of collecting, intended as a particular attitude towards objects. We'll consider collector's reasons and passions (focusing on the concepts of possession, accumulation and conservation/dissipation) and some examples of collections becoming themselves artworks. Moreover, the private enjoyment/interpretation of art images will be analysed as a prelude to imaginative inventories and archives.




Three texts

- E. Grazioli, Il collezionismo come forma d’arte, Johan&Levi, Monza 2012.

- C. Tartarini, Il pennello di Cupido. Il dottor Meige e il mal d’amore nella pittura olandese del Seicento, Carocci, Roma 2017.

and one text at your choice:

- R. Bodei, La vita delle cose, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2009 (2019).

- M. V. Marini Clarelli, Pezzi da museo. Perché alcuni oggetti durano per sempre, Carocci, Roma 2017.

- K. Pomian, Collezionisti, amatori e curiosi. Parigi-Venezia XVI-XVIII secolo, Il Saggiatore, Milano 2007, pp. 15-60.

Further bibliographical suggestions and studying advices will be provided throughout the course.


N.B. Attending/non attending students

The reading list is the same for all the students, attending or not.


Teaching methods

Traditional lectures with PowerPoint and video; teaching material uploaded to VIRTUALE.

Assessment methods


Students are required to demonstrate the proper knowledge and critical understanding of the selected texts.

Assessment system

  • It will be assessed as excellent the performance of those students achieving an organic vision of the course contents, using a proper specific language and demonstrating originality of reflection.
  • It will be assessed as good the performance of those students demonstrating a correct knowledge of the topics, good analysis and synthesis capabilities, and using an appropriate language.
  • It will be assessed as sufficient the performance of those students showing mostly mnemonic knowledge and a not always appropriate language.
  • It will be assessed as insufficient (failing grade) the performance of those students demonstrating learning gaps, inappropriate language and lack of orientation within the topics.

To take the exam students shall register on AlmaEsami respecting the deadlines.

N.B. Students already registered who decide not to take the exam are kindly required to unregister before the deadline (see Exam sessions - Subscriptions list: opened from …. to ….). This will facilitate the organisation of the session for the benefit of those students who will take the exam.


Teaching tools

Power point; videos; teaching material uploaded to VIRTUALE.


Office hours

See the website of Chiara Tartarini


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