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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP4066992, A.A. 2015/16

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0609, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT
Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can 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 FEDERICA TONIOLO L-ART/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-ART/01 History of Mediaeval Art 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 05/10/2015
End of activities 23/01/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2015/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2019 TONIOLO FEDERICA (Presidente)
PONCHIA CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2015/17 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 TONIOLO FEDERICA (Presidente)
PONCHIA CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
2 2015/16 01/10/2015 30/09/2016 TONIOLO FEDERICA (Presidente)
PONCHIA CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of the Medieval and Renaissance art history in Italy and Western Europe.
Basic knowledge of English
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge and skills to acquire
The course aims to provide for a general outline of the illuminated manuscript history and a knowledge of some contexts of production of illuminated books between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Students will deal with issues such as patronage, production, and function of the illuminated book, text-image relationship, and the correlation between miniature and monumental painting.
In addition, the students will also deal with examine different types of books and various illustrative systems both in liturgical and secular manuscripts (Gospels, Bibles, choir books, literary texts).
Knowledge of the specialised terminology of the discipline in English
Examination methods: The exam will be divided into two parts: an oral presentation by each student in the course and a final oral exam.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation Criteria
Disciplinary mastery of the specific terminology; capacity for analysis and contextualisation of the works; processing of critical essays and readings
Course unit contents: Course contents
The illuminated book and its contexts: tradition and innovation. The course aims to provide for a general knowledge of the history of miniature and in particular of the role that the illustration of books had in the context of the Medieval and Renaissance art.
We will took into consideration, in chronological order, the illuminated books produced for religious and/or secular patrons and the images and texts reflecting precise illustrative and cultural choices in harmony with coeval monumental painting. In particular, we will analyse the Gospel books in the Carolingian and Ottonian age, the Atlantic Bibles during the Gregorian Reform and the series of Choir books painted between the fourteenth and fifteenth century. Finally, we will analyze the fenomeno of collecting manuscripts, leaves and cuttings. We will highlight the role of the illuminated book and the results of the artistic but also political and cultural events on their illustration.
In detail: Introduction to the history of illuminated manuscript. Techniques and methods of the illuminators. The aim of the illuminated books. Painting in the Carologian and Ottonian age (Gospel Books), Atlantic Bibles; Choir Books between the fourteenth and fifteenth century. Collecting leaves and cuttings.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Planned learning activities and teaching methods:
Lectures and seminars. The scientific and professional expertise of the students will be improved with readings of essays especially oriented on the function of the illuminated book, which will be compared in a seminar; it will be also possible for them to examine directly some illuminated specimens preserved in the Italian libraries.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The information on the use of the bibliographical references included here and on the possibile additions or changes in the bibliography will be given to the students during the lessons. The bibliography is available in the Biblioteca di Storia dell'Arte at the Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali - Liviano, first floor).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M. P. Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts. A guide to technical terms. London: The J. Paul Getty Museum - The British Library, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. Segre Montel, Miniatura. Torino: Einaudi, 2006. pp. 105-118
  • C. De Hamel, Manuscript Illumination History and Techniques. London: The British Library, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Orofino, Leggere le miniature medievali, in Arti e storia nel Medioevo. Del vedere: pubblici, forme e funzioni III, a c. di Castelnuovo e Sergi. Torino: Einaudi, 2004. pp. 341-367 Cerca nel catalogo
  • F. Mutterich-J. E. Gaehde, Carolingian Painting. New York: Braziller, 1976. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. Nordenfalk, Storia della miniatura. Torino: Einaudi, 2012. pp. 63-96 (Miniatura Carolingia) e pp. 141-181 (Miniatura Ottoniana) Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Maniaci, G. Orofino, Le Bibbie Atlantiche. Milano: Ministero Beni Culturali, 2000. solo alcuni saggi Cerca nel catalogo
  • B. Drake Boehm, Choirs of Angels. Painting in Italian Choir Books. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art- Yale Univerity Press, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. W. Dutschke, Liturgical Manuscripts, in Leaves of Gold. Manuscript Illumination from Philadelphia Collections. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2001. pp. 130-132 e schede Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. S. Wieck, Folia Fugitiva: the Porsuit of the Manuscripts Illuminated Leaf, in "Journal of the Walters Art Gallery", LIV,. --: --, 1996. pp. 233-254
  • AA.VV., “Specimens”: Transformations of Illuminated Manuscripts in the Nineteenth Century, in Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age: Recove. Singapore: --, 2001. pp. 49-101 Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Mariani Canova, Il recupero di un complesso librario dimenticato I Corali Quattrocenteschi di S. Giorgio Maggiore a Venezia, Arte Veneta 27. --: --, 1973. pp. 38-64 Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Palladino, Ancora sui corali di San Giorgio Maggiore, con qualche appunto su Belbello e Stefano da Verona, in Arte Veneta, 57. --: --, 2000. pp. 6-21 Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Mariani Canova, Un'illustre serie liturgica ricostruita: i corali del Bessarione già all'Annunciata di Cesena, in Saggi e Memorie di Storia dell'Arte,. --: --, 1978. n. 11, pp. 9-20 Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Mariani Canova, Miniature dell’Italia settentrionale nella Fondazione Giorgio Cini,. Venezia: Neri Pozza, 1978. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Mariani Canova, Le miniature della Fondazione Giorgio Cini nella storia del collezionismo e dello stile, Saggi e Memorie. --: --, 2003. n. 27, pp. 101-132 Cerca nel catalogo