Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: Valter PINTO

Expected Learning Outcomes

The course aims to address the artistic production of the Renaissance from the point of view of iconographic themes, both pagan and Christian, and stylistic trends, paying particular attention to the relationship between objects, literary sources and social dynamics, in order to provide tools for understanding and reading sacred and profane images.

According to the Dublin descriptors, students, at the end of the course, will demonstrate:

1) knowledge and understanding skills such as to reinforce those achieved in the first cycle; ability to elaborate and / or apply original ideas, in a research context;

2) ability to apply knowledge and understanding and ability to solve problems to new or unfamiliar issues, inserted in broader (or interdisciplinary) contexts connected to one's field of study;

3) ability to integrate knowledge and to formulate judgments on the basis of information that is not necessarily complete;

4) ability to communicate one's knowledge clearly and unambiguously to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors;

5) ability to carry out research autonomously.

Course Structure

Lectures in the classroom and at museums.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory.

Detailed Course Content

The course, always favoring the aspects most closely connected to the cultural message of images, will highlight the formal responses that artists formulated both for pagan and sacred iconographies.

Textbook Information

A) Preliminary and methodological issues:

-        R. Van Straten, Introduzione all’iconografia, Milano, Jaca Book, 2009;

-        E. Panofsky, Il significato nelle arti visive (1955), Torino, Einaudi, 2010 [limitatamente ai saggi: “La storia dell’arte come disciplina umanistica”, “Iconografia e iconologia. Introduzione allo studio dell’arte del Rinascimento”, “L’allegoria della prudenza di Tiziano: poscritto”, “Albrecht Dürer e l’antichità classica”, “Tre decenni di storia dell’arte negli Stati Uniti. Impressioni di un europeo trapiantato”].


B) Profane iconographies:

- E. Wind, Misteri pagani nel Rinascimento, Milano, Adelphi, 1985.


C) Religious iconographies:

- A. Ballarin, Leonardo a Milano. Le due versioni della Vergine delle rocce. Con una nota sul ritratto di Cecilia Gallerani, Verona, Edizioni dell’Aurora, 2019.


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.