90621 - History of Drawing (1) (LM)

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

Quality education Gender equality Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, which focuses in particular on the modern era (from the 15th to the end of 18th century), students will have acquired the necessary skills and methodologies to learn about drawing and engraving activities mainly developed within the Italian context and its European connections. The course will focus on the techniques and stylistic peculiarities of artists belonging to various geographical contexts and their reciprocal influences, as well as the history and notoriety of collections in this specific field.

Course contents

Introduction to the study of drawing

The course has two parts. The first part will examine the evolution of design from the 14th to the 18th century, highlighting the importance gradually attributed to it, from a mere project or mnemonic instrument - in relation to workshop procedures - to the conceptual foundation of artistic practice. The technical aspects and the collecting implications will also be considered. In the second part the drawing and engraving activity of the Carracci will be examined, with particular attention for Annibale (1560-1609).

Attending lectures is highly recommended.


- Francesco Negri Arnoldi, Simonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodinò, Il disegno nella storia dell'arte italiana, Carocci, Roma, 1986 e 2003;

- Annamaria Petrioli Tofani, I materiali e le tecniche, in Il disegno. Forme, tecniche, significati, a cura di Gianni Carlo Sciolla, Istituto Bancario San Paolo di Torino, 1991, pp. 185-251;

- Daniele Benati and Eugenio Riccòmini (ed. by), Annibale Carracci, exh. catalogue (Bologna - Rome, 2006-2007), Electa, Milano, 2006 (in particular the entries related to graphic production); or: Daniele Benati and others (ed. by), The drawings of Annibale Carracci, exh. catalogue, Washington, 2000 (https://www.nga.gov/content/dam/ngaweb/research/publications/pdfs/drawings-of-annibale-carracci.pdf).

This Bibliography is the same for students who attend or do not attend lectures.

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 reading.


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:

• Know the features of the history of drawing in the 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