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Course 2018-2019 a.y.

30476 - CRITICAL APPROACHES TO THE ARTS II - MODULE II (MODERN ART)

CLEACC
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31

CLEACC (6 credits - II sem. - OBS  |  L-ART/02)
Course Director:
STEFANIA GEREVINI

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: CAMILLA PIETRABISSA


Prerequisites

Students are expected to have an effective knowledge of English, both spoken and written.


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

The course mission is to help students to develop their visual skills, and connect the history of European natural heritage to the history of art, with particular attention to drawing, painting and architecture Early Modern period, from the late sixteenth to the early twentieth century.

CONTENT SUMMARY

This course unravels the history of the European notions of nature and of related concepts in art such as naturalism of representation. Claims to empirical accuracy of drawings and paintings are set against the emerging methods of the natural sciences. Hence, we consider how representations of nature in Early Modern Europe increasingly yielded diverse (and sometimes conflicting) forms of truth. The course is structured as a series of in-depth case studies, and addresses specific drawings, paintings and designed environments in chronological order. The course is divided into three parts:

  1. Pictorial genres: landscape and still life.
  2. Design and collections: botanical gardens, menageries, and natural history collections.
  3. Artistic processes adopted by three artists: Claude, Turner, and Monet.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Look at art with a critical insight.
  • Distinguish between different artistic media and techniques, especially drawings, paintings and prints.
  • Consider Europe’s natural heritage in historical perspective.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Analyse and interpret images, especially paintings and drawings.
  • Understand the geographic history of Early Modern Europe.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the natural environment in anthropological, ideological and socio-cultural dimensions.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Company visits
  • Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
DETAILS
In addition to lectures, there are seminar-based classes. We also visit art institutions in Milan, among which the drawings collection held at the Castello Sforzesco, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and the Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  •     x
  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • x    
  • Active class participation (virtual, attendance)
  • x    
    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Attending students are assessed with a written exam at the end of the course.

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    To be defined and communicated during the course.

    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING STUDENTS
    Attending students receive a list of readings and are expected to use the materials provided by the lecturer (Slides, Glossaries).
    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    To be defined and communicated during the course.

     
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