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LEL1000504, A.A. 2011/12

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Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0604, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2011/12
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MUSICAL ICONOGRAPHY
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ANTONIO LOVATO

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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-ART/07 Musicology and Music History 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 05/03/2012
End of activities 16/06/2012
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

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Prerequisites: For a better comprehension of the subjects and of the methodologies, Iconography and iconology course attendance is recommended.
Target skills and knowledge:: Acquisition of interdisciplinary competences in order to improve identifying, description and interpretation of ‘evident, transparent and latent’ musical themes in the proposed images.
Course unit contents: 1. Introduction to the discipline: terminology, analysis methods, sources, themes.
2. Allegory of Music iconographical traditions in the Mediaeval Age and Renaissance.
3. A problematic example, between tradition and innovation: Dosso Dossi’s Allegory of Music.
Planned learning activities: 1. The study of the appropriate nomenclature and of the basic methodological instruments are accompanied by a review of the iconographical sources, from which musical subject matters may be drawn.
2. The proposed theme compares a series of symbolic representation types of fourteenth-to-sixteenth-century music and historical-literary and musical theory sources, which provoked the formation of the iconographical traditions inspiring such representations, in order to display problems about music and sound origins.
3. Scholars’ interpretations about Dosso Dossi’s Allegory of Music are examined in order to point out the continuity of some themes, in spite of the complexity and novelty of their revision by the artist and/or who commissioned his painting.
Textbooks: Tilman Seebass, Iconography. London: Macmillan, 2001. in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., vol. 12, pp. 54-72, sub voce
Gabriele Frings, Dosso Dossis Allegorie der Musik und die Tradition des inventor musicae in Mittelalter und Renaissance. Basel etc.: Bärenreiter, --. «Imago Musicae», IX/XI, 1992-1995, pp. 159-203
Romano Silva, Musica e pittura fra innovazione e tradizione a Ferrara nella prima metà del Cinquecento. Venezia: Marsilio, 2008. in Musica e Arti figurative. Rinascimento e Novecento, a cura di Mario Ruffini, Gerhard Wolf, pp. 100-113
Additional notes about suggested reading:: In order to avoid problems, it is advised to read the course program also on the teacher’s web page on Students unable to attend the course have to contact the teacher.
Teaching methods: Lessons will be carried out thanks a Powerpoint file show, displaying images to be described and commented, brief reports, eventual lessons contents.
Assessment criteria: Written examination providing for one or two images (different for every student) to be described by answering to a sequence of questions or by completing a series of outlines suggested by the examination text (the same for all the students).
Further information: In aggiunta alla bibliografia prescritta, agli studenti che non frequentano regolarmente le lezioni si consiglia la lettura di: Nicoletta Guidobaldi, Images of music in Cesare Ripa’s Iconologia, «Imago musicae», VII, 1990, pp. 41-68; H. Colin Slim, Dosso Dossi’s Allegory at Florence about Music, «Journal of the American Musicological Society», 43, 1990, pp. 43-96. Ulteriore materiale didattico, tra cui le traduzioni dei testi in lingua straniera, sarà messo a disposizione alla fine del corso presso il Dipartimento di Storia delle Arti visive e della Musica, sezione di Storia delle Arti visive, palazzo Liviano, 1° piano.