ART548 MA Graduate Seminar in Art History II, Maria Antonia Rinaldi, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ART548 MA Graduate Seminar in Art History II, Maria Antonia Rinaldi, Spring 2020

Course Requirements

  • Attend class regularly.
  • Study reading assignments for class discussion. Prepare a presentation and summary of the reading focusing on the main points of the essay.
    Formulate at least three questions about the reading assignment for class discussion.
  • Two formal oral presentations about artworks selected by students.
  • Thesis panel every three weeks. Students should present their progress on their research and writing of the thesis.
  • Midterm: Draft of second or central thesis chapter and bibliography.
  • Formal written and oral presentation of the second/central chapter of the thesis with its conclusion.

Schedule

Note: It is not necessary to purchase the readings listed in the schedule below. They are on reserve for the class in the SACI Worthington Library.

Week 1

Wednesday, January 15
Introducing the discourse on method.
 

Reading

David Freedberg, Context, Visuality, and the Objects of Art History , in “The Art Bulletin”, vol. 76, n. 3 (Sep 1994), p. 394-396

Week 2

Wednesday, January 22
Visit at the Uffizi Gallery.
Meet directly at 1:00 at the reserved entrance of the Uffizi .

Reading

Michael Podro, The Critical Historians of Art, Yale University Press, New Haven and London: Chapter VI “Wölfflin and Classical Art”, p. 98-116

Week 3

Wednesday, January 29
Thesis Panel. Review of the 1st chapter – outline of 2nd chapter and Bibliography

Reading

Michael Podro, The Critical Historians of Art, Yale University Press, New Haven and London: Chapter VII “The Principles and its Problems”, p. 117-151

Week 4

Wednesday, February 5
One day lectures dedicated to Sicily and its cultural patrimony.
 

Reading

Giorgio Agamben, Warburg and the Nameless Science, in G. Agamben, Potentiaities. Collected Essays on Philophy, Stanfrod University Press, 1999, p. 89-103.

Week 5

Wednesday, February 12
Aby Warburg and his method to study images: the "science without a name"..
2:00pm Visit to Collezione Casamonti. (10 €)

Reading

Philippe-Alain Michaud, Aby Warburg and the Image in Motion, Zone Books, New York, 2004: Chapter 6 “Hamburg. The Art History Scene”, p. 229-249.

Week 6

Wednesday, February 19
Student formal oral presentation of a work of art seen in the Casamonti collection. (20 minutes each)
History of art and psychoanalysis: Aby Warburg's nachleben and his study on the Pueblo and the Ritual of the Serpent.

Reading

Philippe-Alain Michaud, Aby Warburg and the Image in Motion, Zone Books, New York, 2004: Appendix One “Zwischenreich, Mnemosyne, or Expressivity Without a Subject”, p. 250-276

Week 7

Wednesday, February 26
Visit to the Medici Archive to meet dr. Alessio Assonitis
Meeting there at 1:00 in via de' Benci, 10

Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (February 29 – March 8)

Week 9

Wednesday, March 11
Thesis Panel: Development of the topic of the 2nd chapter.

Reading

Svetlana Alpers, The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century , The University of Chicago Press, 1984, Chapter 2 «"Ut Pictura, Ita Visio": Kepler's Model the Eye and the Nature of Picturing in the North," p. 26-71, "Appendix: In the Emblematic Interpretation of Dutch Art," p. 229-233.

Fieldtrip to London March 12-15

Week 10

Wednesday, March 18
Lecture by Martino Margheri about the Biennale of Venice: its history and its development through the last century.

Reading

Svetlana Alpers, The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century , The University of Chicago Press, 1984, Chapter 2 «"Ut Pictura, Ita Visio": Kepler's Model the Eye and the Nature of Picturing in the North," p. 26-71, "Appendix: In the Emblematic Interpretation of Dutch Art," p. 229-233.

Week 11

Wednesday, March 25
Student formal oral presentation of a work of art seen in London. (20 minutes each)

The modern view: discussion on Alpers reading. The paradigm reversed.

Week 12

Wednesday, April 1
Thesis Panel: Review of the 2nd chapter and bibliography.

Friday, April 3 ?
Possible visit to the Uffizi to see the show "Giuseppe Bezzuoli (1784-1855). Un grande protagonist della pittura romantica." Together with the curator Michele Amedei.

Reading

Hans Belting, Art History after Modernism, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2003: ch. “The Meaning of Art History Today”, p.7-16
Georges Didi-Huberman, Confronting Images: Questioning the Ends of a Certain History of Art , The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005: Introduction, (Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 as reference readings)

Week 13

Wednesday, April 8
Art History now. Questioning the method: Belting and Didi-Huberman approach.

Week 14

Wednesday, April 15
Visit to the exhibition Tomás Saraceno. Aria

Week 15

Wednesday, April 22
Formal Presentation of the 2nd chapter of the thesis.

 

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