ITAL200 Italian for Graduate Research, Patrizia Bonucci, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ITAL200 Italian for Graduate Research, Patrizia Bonucci, Spring 2020

This course enables students to develop reading skills in Italian particularly relevant to the needs of art historians. Students are introduced to grammatical structures and technical vocabulary useful in extracting key information from texts in Italian related to their own research.

Readings of texts in and out of class are required. Students will be asked to describe the materials they are reading in order to assess their level of comprehension. They will also provide summaries and written answers to questions about the readings.

There will be a midterm and final exam on reading comprehension, as well as tests on vocabulary and grammatical structures during the course of the semester.

Upon completion of this course, graduate students will be able to determine if written texts are relevant to their research topics; they will become familiar with Italian vocabulary used to describe artists, works of art, architecture, and techniques; and they will be able to summarize concepts and details found in art history resources.

Required and Recommended Reading

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.

Required Text
Angelino, Maddalena and Elena Ballarin, L'Italiano attraverso la Storia dell'Arte, Guerra Edizioni, 2012.
ISBN: 9788877159304 (Retail price: €16)

Recommended Texts
Collins Italian Concise Dictionary, 6th edition, Harper and Collins Publishers, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062410153 (Retail price: $17.99)

Lazzarino, Graziana, Prego! An Invitation to Italian, 8th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2011.
(grammatical structures only)
ISBN: 9780073386256 (Retail price: $204.67)

Additional reading material will be provided by the instructor.


Week 1

Tuesday, January 14
Introduction to course. Discussion of course requirements.
Reading: I Bronzi di Riace; la storia e i protagonisti; gli artisti e l'opera; il ritrovamento e il mistero.

Thursday, January 16
Structure: the present conditional.

Week 2

Tuesday, January 21
Reading: Il Colosseo.
Structure: review of present tense and imperfetto.

Thursday, January 23
Workshop language through the arts at Palazzo Strozzi with Prof. Margheri.

Week 3

Tuesday, January 28
La Basilica di San Marco; l'edificio; San Marco a Venezia e la funzione politica della Basilica.

Thursday, January 30
Structure: the passive voice in the present tense; review of past participles.

Week 4

Tuesday, February 4
Reading: L
a Torre di Pisa; la costruzione; il campanile, la cattedrale, lo stile romanico.

Thursday, February 6
​Structure: the relative pronouns.

Week 5

Tuesday, February 11
Reading: Cimabue: le opere; lo stile; l'artista.

Thursday, February 13
Structure: review of prepositions (simple and articulated).

Week 6

Tuesday, February 18
Giotto: gli affreschi; lo stile di un'arte nuova; l'artista.

Thursday, February 20
Reading: Botticelli: la nascita di Venere.
Structure: adjectives—comparisons of equality and inequality. The superlative.

Week 7

Tuesday, February 25
Reading: Leonardo Da Vinci: la vita; l'Ultima Cena; una donna piena di fascino e mistero: chi è Monna Lisa?

Thursday, February 27
​Midterm Exam: Reading Comprehension.


Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (February 29 - March 8)


Week 9

Tuesday, March 10
Reading: Michelangelo scultore, architetto, pittore.

Thursday, March 12
Structure: the impersonal "si."

Week 10

Tuesday, March 17
Reading: Tiziano; Tintoretto.

Thursday, March 19
Reading: Text proposed by the Graduate Seminar Instructor.
Structure: the simple future tense.

Week 11

Tuesday, March 24
Reading: I Vedutisti; il Vedutismo; la tecnica / Text proposed by the Graduate Seminar Instructor.

Thursday, March 26
Structure: the passato remoto.

Week 12

Tuesday, March 31
Reading: I Macchiaioli: Signorini, Fattori.

Thursday, April 2
Reading: De Nittis; il Movimento / Text proposed by the Graduate Seminar Instructor.

Week 13

Tuesday, April 7
Workshop language through the arts at Palazzo Strozzi with Prof. Margheri.

Thursday, April 9
Reading: Modigliani.
Structure: the pronouns “ci ” and “ne.

Week 14

Tuesday, April 14
Reading: De Chirico; la pittura metafisica.

Thursday, April 16
Structure: general review.

Week 15

EXAMINATION WEEK (Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 23)
Final Exam: reading comprehension of a text proposed by the Graduate Seminar Instructor.


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