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Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course, based around a programme of seminars, will explore the production and circulation of stone and wooden sculpture in the Italian Peninsula in the late medieval period, with a strong focus on social, cultural and artistic relations within and between Italy and Europe. The course will move, both chronologically and geographically, through a selection of highly significative case studies, including the discussion of biographies of preeminent sculptors, the analysis of monuments of high historical relevance, and the study of broader art-historical problems, historical contexts and geographical connections. Particular attention will be paid to the controversial and much debated issue of the introduction of the Gothic style in Italy, as well as to the centrality of Angevin and Curial Rome in this process. Particular emphasis will also be given to the ┐geographical┐ dimension of the phenomenon and, specifically, to less-known regional experiences (e.g. the dawn and early developments of Umbrian sculpture) and connections (e.g. the production and circulation of monumental sculpture in the Adriatic basin in the 14th century).
Course description Introduction: History and Geography of Italian sculpture (c. 1250-1401)

Nicola and Giovanni Pisano┐s pulpits: structure, function and style

Vasari┐s Life of Nicola and Giovanni Pisano (1550; 1568) and the re-birth of Italian sculpture: the origin of a historiographical topos

The Arca of San Domenico in Bologna as a ┐palimpsest┐ of Italian sculpture (c. 1264-1532): from Nicola Pisano and his workshop, to Niccol˛ dell┐Arca, to Michelangelo

The centrality of Gothic Rome. I) Arnolfo di Cambio, the Angevins and the Curia

The centrality of Gothic Rome. II) The Cosmati in Italy and Abroad, and Marco Romano

The Tuscan ┐diaspora┐: Tino di Camaino, Lupo di Francesco, Giovanni di Balduccio, Giovanni d┐Agostino and Agnolo di Ventura

Umbrian workshop┐ or Lorenzo Maitani? The fašade reliefs of Orvieto Cathedral and the dawn of Gothic sculpture in Umbria

To sculpt this cross from this wood, in the likeness of the true Jesus Christ┐. The origin, displaying and cult of the Crucifixi dolorosi

Monumental sculpture, politics and memoria in Northern Italy: Milan, Verona, Padua

Trade, travels and sculpture: Venice and the Adriatic basin in the 14th century
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012) OR Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) AND Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Explain the developments of thirteenth- and- fourteenth-century Italian sculpture in the broader context of the artistic production of late-medieval Europe;

  2. 2. Discuss material, function, style, contents and meaning of a wide range of different categories of artistic manufacts, mainly sculptures;

  3. 3.Describe the artistic, historical and economic dynamics of production and circulation of wooden and stone sculpture in the Italian Peninsula in the late-medieval period;

  4. 4.Evaluate the impact of specific technical processes and innovations in the history of Medieval sculpture.

Reading List
- Binski, P., ┐The Cosmati at Westminster and the English Court Style┐, Art Bulletin 72 (1990), 1, pp. 6-34

- Cassidy, B., Politics, Civic Ideals and Sculpture in Italy, c. 1240-1400, London 2007

- Cooper, D., ┐Projecting Presence: the monumental Cross in the Italian Church Interior┐, in R. Maniura, R. and Shepherd, R., (eds.), The Inherence of the Prototype within Images and Other Objects, Aldershot 2006, pp. 47-69
- Dent, P., ┐Laude de Trini. Observations Towards a Reconstruction of Giovanni Pisano┐s Pistoia Pulpit┐, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 71 (2008), pp. 121-138
- Dodsworth, B.W., The Arca di San Domenico, New York 1995

- Fiderer Moskowitz, A., ┐Giovanni di Balduccio┐s Arca di San Pietro Martire: Form and Function┐, Arte Lombarda 96-97 (1991), pp. 7-18

- Fiderer Moskowitz, A., Nicola Pisano┐s Arca di San Domenico and Its Legacy, University Park 1994

- Fiderer Moskowitz, A., Italian Gothic Sculpture c. 1250-c. 1400, Cambridge 2001
- Fiderer Moskowitz, A., The Fašade Reliefs of Orvieto Cathedral, London-Turnhout 2009
- Gardner, J., The Tomb and the Tiara: Curial Tomb Sculpture in Rome and Avignon in the Later Middle Ages, Oxford 1992
- Geddes, H., ┐Altarpieces and Contracts. The Marble high Altarpiece for San Francesco, Bologna (1388-1392)┐, Zeitschrift fŘr Kunstgeschichte 67 (2004), 153-182

- Hope, C., ┐The Lives of the Trecento Artists in Vasari┐s first Edition┐, in Burzer, K. and others (eds.), Le Vite del Vasari, Venice 2010, pp. 33-39

- Kalina, P., ┐Giovanni Pisano, the Dominicans, and the Origin of the crucifixi dolorosi┐, Artibus et Historiae 47 (2003), pp. 81-101
- Lee Palmer, A., ┐Bonino da Campione┐s Equestrian Monument of Bernab˛ Visconti and popular Piety in the late Middle-Ages┐, Arte Lombarda 121 (1997), pp. 57-67

- Pope-Hennessy, J., Italian Gothic Sculpture, Oxford 1986 [3rd ed.]
- Previtali, G., ┐The Periodization of the History of Italian Art┐, in P. Burke (ed.), History of Italian Art, Cambridge 1994, vol. II, pp. 1-118 [first published in Italy, in Storia dell┐arte italiana, vol. I, Turin 1979]
- Seidel, M., Father and Son. Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, 2 vols, Munchen 2012

- Valentiner, W.R., Tino di Camaino: A Sienese Sculptor of the Fourteenth Century, Paris 1935
- Vasari, G., Lives of the most eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, ed. by G. du C. De Vere, 10 vols, London 1912-1915
- White, J., ┐The Reliefs on the Fašade of the Duomo at Orvieto┐, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 22 (1959), pp. 254-302

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