27154 - Art Seminar (1)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the seminar the student: - knows and understands some relevant historical, analytical and conceptual aspects of the artistic disciplines; - possess the foundations of the methodologies developed in the context of various sectors of artistic research.

Course contents

The course focuses on The reception of the discovery of the New World in the European art, from 1492 to the early nineteenth century.

In order to proceed with the work, the most different types of documentation will be examined: drawings, prints, paintings, tapestries in order to discern how much of the discovery was invasion / invention / conquest / creation through the image that Europeans offered of the New World during the past centuries.


1. H. Honour, The new Golden Land. European Images of America from the Discovery to the Present Time, Pantheon Books, New York, 1975, pp. 3 - 160

2. D. Biagi Maino, Il cannibale e il buon selvaggio. L'invenzione dell'America, in Il mito del nemico. Identità, alterità e loro rappresentazioni, proceedings of the conference, edited by I. Graziani and M. V. Spissu, Minerva, Bologna, 2019, pp. 245 - 255

For those who cannot attend the lessons in addition to the texts indicated at points 1. 2. the preparation is required of

3. A. A. Cassi, Ultramar. L'invenzione europea del Nuovo Mondo, Editori Laterza, Roma-Bari 2007 or, alternatively, M. Donattini, Dal Nuovo Mondo all'America. Scoperte geografiche e colonialismo (secoli XV-XVI), Carocci, Roma, 2004

Teaching methods

Compatibly with the progress of the pandemic, the course will be held in attendance.

At the discretion of the students, it is possible to deepen single topics among those illustrated in the first 6 lessons with the drafting of a short text illustrated by a power point presentation on a topic of interest, previously discussed with the teacher.

Assessment methods

Verification of learning takes place only through the oral exam, aimed at ascertaining the knowledge and critical skills acquired by the student during the training course.

The interview will focus on what was discussed in class (for those attending) and on learning and understanding the texts indicated in the bibliography.

The candidate will be led to demonstrate the acquired awareness of the interpretative model chosen to face, through the use of images, the long historical path discussed during the course and / or through the texts indicated in the bibliography, so as to certify the understanding of the vastness of the survey models and its consequent significance for research.

The mastery of the contents, the adequate expression and the appropriate language for the subject will be evaluated as well as the ability to synthesize and analyze the concepts discussed in class.

The understanding of the problems related to the examination of the historical path investigated, the mastery of the specific language of the discipline and, obviously, the in-depth knowledge of the texts of the program will be evaluated with marks of excellence.

The only mnemonic knowledge of the subject, the capacity for synthesis and analysis not correctly developed in an adequate language will lead to discrete evaluations.

Training gaps or lack of the appropriate vocabulary, poor knowledge of the analysis tools and of the problems related to what was discussed during the course and / or indicated in the specific bibliography will lead to only sufficiency.

Poor knowledge of the texts in the program, inadequate vocabulary, lack of understanding of the criticality of the topic and of the conservation problem will be evaluated negatively.

Teaching tools

Power Point presentations

Office hours

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