ART548 MA Graduate Seminar in Art History I, Maria Antonia Rinaldi, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ART548 MA Graduate Seminar in Art History I, Maria Antonia Rinaldi, Fall 2019

Course Requirements

  • Attend class regularly.
  • Study reading assignments for class discussion.
  • Midterm: Introducing the Thesis project.
  • Formal oral lecture and presentation on a subject to be previously discussed with the instructor.
  • Formal oral presentation of the Thesis and Chapter I with Bibliography.

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory, absence will impact the final grade. For every two unexcused absences, your grade will be lowered by 1/3 of a letter. Two late arrivals to class are considered the equivalent of one unexcused absence. Students who do not stay for the duration of a class session should be marked absent. Students who miss more than 20% of a course owing to unexcused absences cannot be given a passing grade for the course.

Grading

Grading is based on attendance, effort, improvement, and demonstration of knowledge gained through the course.

Grades range from A+ to F.  The SACI grading scale follows:
A+    Outstanding
A      Excellent
A-     Nearly Excellent
B+    Very Good
B      Good
B-     Nearly Good
C+    Above Satisfactory
C      Satisfactory
C-     Below Satisfactory
D      Unsatisfactory
F       Failure

 

Schedule

Week 1

Wednesday, Sept. 11
Introduction to course.
Walk around Florence. History and topography of the city.

Week 2

Wednesday, September 18
Meet at the SACI front desk in Palazzo dei Cartelloni.
Guided tour at the Berenson Library, Villa I Tatti, University of Harvard.

Reading:
David Freedberg, The Power of Images. Studies in the History and Theory of Response, The University of Chicago Press, 1989, p. xix-xxv.

Week 3

Monday, Sept. 23
Guided tour of the Kunsthistoriches Library, via G. Giusti 44.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
The ambigous relationship with the images in Western culture.

Reading:
David Freedberg, The Power of Images. Studies in the History and Theory of Response, The University of Chicago Press, 1989, p. 1-26.

Week 4

Wednesday, Oct. 2
Film screening: Rossellini, The Age of the Medici

Reading:
Leon Battista Alberti, On Painting, Yale University Press, 1956, 
Book 1, p. 43-59, and Book 3, p. 89-98.

Week 5

Wednesday, Oct. 9
In-class discussion about Leon Battista Alberti, De Pictura (On Painting).
Film Screening: Rossellini, The Age of the Medici

Reading:
David Freedberg, The Power of Images. Studies in the History and Theory of Response, The University of Chicago Press, 1989, p. 378-428

Week 6                                

Tuesday, Oct. 15
Lecture by Emily Grassi about writing museum texts.

Wednesday, Oct. 16
Lecture by Alice Parri, "How to Conduct Research in Florence."

Week 7

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Presentation of the structure of your thesis and the bibliography. 

Reading:
G. Vasari, Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects, vol. 1, Everyman’s Library, 1963, "Preface," p. 1-19.

   

Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK for undergraduates (October 26 - November 3)
Students are required to work on their thesis project.

   

Week 9

Wednesday, Nov. 6
The idea of Art in Vasari's Lives.
Lecture by Lucia Mannini: "How to Write about Art" - Exercise.

Friday, Nov. 8 to Sunday Nov. 10
Field Trip to Venice: Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Week 10

Wednesday, Nov. 13
Vasari and art criticism in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Mannini's exercise revision.

Week 11

Wednesday, Nov. 20
Thesis Panel: the outline and the 1st Chapter.

Week 12

Wednesday, Nov. 27
The myth of Giorgio Vasari's Lives: art criticism in the 16th and 17th centuries in Italy and Europe. An excursus. 

Reading:
Hans Belting, Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body, Princeton University Press, 2011, p. 9-36.

Week 13

Wednesday, Dec. 4
TBA

Week 14

Wednesday, Dec. 11
Student presentations about art history and images.

Week 15

Wednesday, Dec. 18
Presentation of the 1st chapter or your thesis and the bibliography

Readings

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act Textbook Provision, SACI provides, when possible, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price of required and recommended reading. Note: It is not necessary to purchase the following books. Many are available for loan or can be consulted in the SACI Worthington Library.

L.B. Alberti, On Painting, Yale University Press, 1956.
ISBN: 9780300000016 (Retail Price: $20.00)

G. Vasari, Lives of the Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, Vol. 1, Everyman's Library, 1963.
ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

David Freedberg, The Power of Images. Studies in the History and Theory of Response, The University of Chicago Press, 1989
ISBN: 9780226261461 (Retail price $40.00)

Richard Shone and John-Paul Stonard (eds), The Books that Shaped Art History. From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss, Thames and Hudson, 2013.
ISBN: 9780500238950 (Retail price: $34.95)

Hans Belting, Art History after Modernism, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2003.
ISBN: 9780226041858 (Retail price; $31.00)

Michael Podro, The Critical Historians of Art, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1984
ISBN: 9780300032406 (Retail price: $29.00)

Eric Fernie (eds), Art History and its Method, Phaidon, 1995.
ISBN: 9780714829913 (Retail price: $51.51)

Robert S. Nelson and Richard Shiff (eds), Critical Terms for Art History, The University of Chicago Press, 1996.
ISBN: 9780226571683 (Retail price: $35.00)

Georges Didi-Huberman, Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from Auschwitz, The University of Chicago Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780226148175  (Retail price: $26)

Hans Belting, Likeness and Presence. A History of Image before the Era of Art, The University of Chicago Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780226042152 (Retail Price: $69)

Hans Belting, Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body, Princeton University Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780691145006 (Retail price: $30.95)  
 

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