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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LEL1000002, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0609, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ICONOGRAPHY AND ICONOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-ART/02 History of Modern Art 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

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Target skills and knowledge: - Iconographical and iconological methodology and its crucial role in the study of art history.
- To gain knowledge of the most common texts and the most popular literary sources used by artists in the Medieval and Renaissance ages.
- To recognize and identify the possible links with the iconographical tradition and symbolism in the works of art.
- A practical approach with "Iconclass", earlier texts and earlier dictionaries, such as Louis Réau. Iconographie de l'art chrétien, 3 voll, Paris, 1955-1958, or George Kaftal. Iconography of the saints in Italian painting, 4 voll. [Tuscan, North East and North West, South Italy]
Examination methods: Oral, written or practical test.
Course unit contents: A) The iconological/iconographical methods and their function in art history research. Terminology and developments.
B) Sources and tools for research.
C) A choice of readings about religious and secular themes to acquire an appropriate knowledge of methodological references.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures.
Presentations given by students. Exercises using "Iconclass".
It is believed that a proper balance between traditional teaching and seminar activity allows to successfully achieve the learning objectives.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The attendance of the class is highly recommended.
More bibliography will be suggested during the lectures.
The texts that are unavailable in the English language can be replaced with other readings agreed with the professor.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • E. Panofsky, "Studi di Iconologia. I temi umanistici nell'arte del Rinascimento". Torino: Einaudi, 1975. Introduzione, pp. 3-38 (A) Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. Van Straten,, "Introduzione all'iconografia". Milano: Jaca Book, 2009. (A) Cerca nel catalogo
  • S. Settis, "Iconografia dell'arte italiana 1100 - 1500: una linea". Torino: Einaudi, 2005. Introduzione e bibliografia di Claudio Franzoni, "PBE n.s., 299" (I ed.: Torino, 1979) (A) Cerca nel catalogo
  • E. H. Gombrich, "Immagini simboliche. Studi sull'arte del Rinascimento", Prefazione e Aspirazioni e limiti dell'iconologia, , Mitologie botticelliane. Torino: Einaudi, "Saggi, 589", 1978. 2 brani a scelta (Introduzione (A, B) Cerca nel catalogo
  • E. Wind, "Misteri pagani del Rinascimento". Milano: Adelphi, 1985. due saggi a scelta (B) Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Pinelli, "Intenzione, invenzione, artifizio. Spunti per una teoria della ricezione dei cicli figurativi di età rinascimentale". Roma: De Luca, 2008. Programme et invention dans l'art de la Renaissance, "Collection d'histoire de l'art, 7", pp. 27-79 (B) Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Mariuz, "L' Adorazione dei pastori di Jacopo Tintoretto 'una stravagante invenzione'". Verona: Scripta Edizioni, 2010. (B) Cerca nel catalogo
  • H. W. Pfeiffer, La Sistina svelata. Iconografia di un capolavoro, "Di fronte e attraverso, 933. Storia dell'Arte, 42",. Torino: Jaca Book, --. (B) Cerca nel catalogo