Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2018/2019 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Giuseppe Di Natale

Assigned to the Degree Course

Art History (LM-89)
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Learning Objectives

The purpose of the course, spanning from Neoclassicism to 1980’s, is to deepen (a certain) aspects of contemporary artistic production and (it has the objective of) supplying methodological, historical, critical as well as bibliographical tools, for the analysis and the comprehension of the works of the artists of the aforementioned period. Particular attention will be dedicated to Abstract art, from the origins to the second post-war.


The course will investigate episodes of the Abstract Art from the origins to the second post-war. Throughout the analysis of this period, we will deepen the focus on wider cultural and art history topics – such as the spreading of critical studies and visual “trends”, as well as the dialog, either direct or indirect between artists, art historians, and art critics – and we will study, from a different perspective a selection of Twentieth century art movements. The study of theoretical and methodological debate of the artistic trends of the Twentieth century, with an attention to the visual influence and intertextuality is an integral part of the course. The last part of each lesson will be dedicated to the identification and discussions of an artwork, not inherent to the monographic course.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures and PPT presentations and possibly visits to museums and temporary exhibitions

Course books

Textbook for the survey part:

- I. BALDRIGA, Dentro l'Arte. Contesto Metodo Confronti, Dal neoclassicismo a oggi, Milano, Mondadori Education, 2016 (Edizione rossa)

- Historical sources (manifestos and artists writings) on Moodle platform  blended.uniurb.it

- Articles and essays suggested by the professor during the course

Monographic course:

Due the course specificity, on the first day of class the professor will assign and illustrate the basic mandatory bibliography; other bibliographical materials will be suggested after each class. Within the limits granted by copyright, some readings are available in PDF on the University Moodle platform blended.uniurb.it; other materials available in the library. Readings and academics essays may be in Italian as well as in English and French.

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