78027 - Sculpture in the early modern period (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course aims to give students a deep knowledge of varoius aspects of European sculpture from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. At the end of the course students will be able to understand artworks from  formal, stylistic, iconographic and technical point of view. They will also be familiar with the historical, social, religious and cultural background in which the art was created .

Course contents

In the first part the course will analyze the main moments in the history of sculpture in Italy starting from Michelangelo and up to the second half of the eighteenth century. The second part will compare and contrast painting and sculpture in Rome at the beginning of eighteenth century.

Part of this course will coincide with a three-day trip to Rome


Institutional part

The students can choose one of the following two readings

Joachim Poeschke, Michelangelo and his world, Abrams, New York 1996

John PopeHennessy, La scultura italiana. Il Cinquecento e il Barocco, 2 tomi, Feltrinelli, Milano 1966 (primo tomo, pp. 1-108, secondo tomo, pp. 302-435)

The students can choose one  oft he two goups of three readings listed below:

Group 1

R. Wittkower, Arte e architettura in Italia. 1600-1750 (1958), Einaudi, Torino 1993 (only the chapters about sculpture)

Bruce Boucher, Italian Baroque Sculpture, Thames and Hudson, London 1998

Jennifer Montagu, La scultura barocca romana. Un industria dell’arte, Allemandi, Torino 1991, pp. 1-150, 198-212.

Group 2

Antonia Nava Cellini, La scultura del Seicento, UTET, Torino 1982

Antonia Nava Cellini, La scultura del Settecento, UTET, Torino 1982

Jennifer Montagu, La scultura barocca romana. Un industria dell’arte, Allemandi, Torino 1991, pp. 1-150, 198-212.

Monographic part


Leone Pascoli, Vite de’ pittori, scultori ed architetti moderni, [1730-1736], Electa, Perugia 1992, pp. 359-370, 377-380, 945-955 (Camillo Rusconi, Angelo De’Rossi, Pietro Monnot)

Francesco Saverio Baldinucci, Vite di Artisti dei secoli XVII-XVIII, a cura di Anna Matteoli, De Luca, Roma 1975, pp. 88-98, 420-422 (Vita dello scultore Camillo Rusconi)

Painting and sculpture in eighteenth-century Rome

Jennifer Montagu, Carlo Maratti e la scultura, in Maratti e l’Europa, a cura di Liliana Barroero, Simonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodinò, Sebastian Schütze, Campisano, Roma 2015, pp. 53-66

Liliana Barrorero, La pittura a Roma nel Settecento (solo la parte da Clemente XI a Benedetto XIV), in La Pittura in Italia. Il Settecento, Electa, Milano 1990, pp. 383-410, 453-456

Jennifer Montagu, La prima metà del secolo, in Il Settecento a Roma, catalogo della mostra, a cura di Anna Lo Bianco, Angela Negro, Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo 2005, pp. 35-41

L’altare di Sant’Ignazio nella chiesa del Gesù, in Mirabili disinganni. Andrea Pozzo (Trento 1642-Vienna 1709). Pittore e architetto gesuita, catalogo della mostra a cura di Richard Bösel, Lydia Salviucci Insolera, Artemide, Roma 2010, pp. 137-145

Francis Haskell, Pierre Legros and a Statue of the Blessed Stanislas Kostka, in ‘The Burlington magazine’, XCVII, 1955, pp. 287-291

Gerhard Bissel, A ‘dialogue’ between sculptor and architect: the statue of S.Filippo Neri in the Cappella Antamori, in The sculpted object 1400-1700, edited by Stuart Currie, Peta Motture, Scolar Press, Cambridge 1997, pp. 221-237

Andrea Bacchi, Angelo de Rossi, in Art in Rome in the Eighteenth Century, catalogo della mostra a cura di Edgar Peters Bowron, Joseph Rishel, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia 2000, pp. 277-278

Andrea Bacchi, Pierre Etienne Monnot. Ein Bildhauer der Spätbarock in Rom und Europa (Pierre Etienne Monnot. Uno scultore tardobarocco tra Roma e l’Europa), in Das Marmorbad in der Kasseler Karlsaue, a cura di Karlheinz W.Kopanski, Karl Weber, Schnell&Steiner, Regensburg 2003, pp. 135-158

Andrea Bacchi, “la Giuditta con la testa di Oloferne” di Agostino Cornacchini, Sascha Mehringer, München 2010

Hugh Honour, Filippo della Valle, in ‘Connoisseur’ 1959, pp. 172-179

Annelise Desmas, Un exemple: le tombeau du marquis Capponi par Slodtz, in Le Ciseau et la Tiare. Les sculpteurs dans la Rome des papes 1724-1758, École française de Rome, Roma 2012, pp. 211-214, 391-394

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures with the help of image projection, and an educational trip to Rome.

Assessment methods

The final test will be held in the form of an interview. It will focus on the texts indicated in the bibliography and will develop from the analysis of some images, subject of the course to evaluate the acquisition of the fundamentals related to the topics discussed and the critical and methodological skills matured from student. Particular attention should therefore be paid to teaching materials downloadable on AMS Campus integrating the exam’s texts.

Teaching tools

Frontal lectures with the help of image projection, and an educational trip to Rome.

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Bacchi