30476 - CRITICAL APPROACHES TO THE ARTS II - MODULE II (MODERN ART)
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
The course is structured as a series of in-depth case studies, and addresses specific drawings, paintings and publications in chronological order. In addition to the close visual analysis of artefacts and the discussion of historical texts in class, we will visit several art institutions in Milan, including: the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, where Cardinal Carlo Borromeo assembled an exceptional collection of landscapes and still lifes; the botanical gardens of the Pinacoteca di Brera established in 1774; the drawings collection held at the Castello Sforzesco. Students are introduced to the historical interconnection between art, science and other disciplines, and ultimately encouraged to think critically about the role and potential of natural heritage today.
The course is divided into three parts.
- The Artist Working in Nature: from Breugel to Cezanne, we explore the notion of artistic practice ‘after nature’ and art’s claim to truth.
- Nature and Early Modern Collecting: we study the history of atlases, cabinets of curiosities, and other knowledge devices used to collect and display previously unknown naturalia and artificialia.
- Picturing Gardens and Landscapes: from the controlled microcosm of the botanical garden to the wild macrocosm of the panoramic worldview, we look at the spatial representation of nature.
The exam program is different for attending and non attending students. The latter group is be required to read a book-length study on the subject of the course and to sit to a longer written exam.