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


A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Grazia Maria Fachechi By appointment. Faculty Office: Palazzo Albani, via Bramante 17, second floor.
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Humanities, Cultural Heritage Studies and Philosophy (L-10)
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Learning Objectives

This course proposes that students approach Medieval Art in the fields of Architecture, Sculpture and Painting, especially in Italy.

Course aims:

1.     To acquire a familiarity with period and individual styles of Italian Medieval Art through a study of major works and a ready recognition of selected works, and knowledge of relevant factual information;

2.     To understand the main works of art beyond style, iconography, technique, and preservation;

3.     To enable critical comparison and contrasts of different works of art;

4.     To increase interest and desire to continue the study of Art History;

5.     To “connect the dots” between artworks and history and culture.


Medieval art in Europe from the Fourth to the Fourteenth Century. 

The course will consist of a series of classroom lectures, each lasting two hours, and dedicated to a specific topic. 

List of the main topics:

1. Late Antiquity (2 hours) 

2. Early Christian era (4 hours) 

3. Byzantines and Lombards in Italy (6 hours)

4. Carolingian and Islamic art (4 hours)

5. Romanesque art (8 hours)

6. Gothic art (12 hours)

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Qualifications that signify completion of the first cycle (e.g. Bachelor's degrees) are awarded to students who:

  • have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that builds upon their general secondary education, and is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of their field of study;
  • can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their work or vocation, and have competences typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems within their field of study;
  • have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues;
  • can communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • have developed those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.

More specifically, on completion of this course, students should:

- Recognize the most important Medieval artworks  

- Have mastered a basic understanding of how to research questions in art history

• Have improved their ability to think critically, engage in simple reasoning and express their thoughts clearly through their written work and oral presentation

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

Supporting Activities

The teaching material and specific communications from the lecturer can be found, together with other supporting activities, inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


In-class lessons.


Students must attend at least two-thirds of the lessons. 

Course books

Beyond knowledge of the topics covered during the course, for which slides will be downloaded on the Moodle platform for easy consultation, the study of the following text is requried: 

- I. Baldriga, Dentro l'arte. Contesto metodo confronti, II vol., Dal Tardoantico al Gotico, Milano, Mondadori Education, 2016.  


Oral exam.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Individual study.

Course books

- I. Baldriga, Dentro l'arte. Contesto metodo confronti, II vol., Dal Tardoantico al Gotico, Milano, Mondadori Education, 2016

- A. Grabar, Le origini dell'estetica medievale, MIlano, Jaca Book, 2001


The exam will consist of an oral exam based on the verification of the learning of the textbooks; in the test the images contained in the textbooks will be used.

Assessment criteria and Reported Grades: 
30: Work of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading/research beyond that required for the course
27-29: This is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised. There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluate theory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture and reference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions.
23-26: This is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
18-22: This level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material. Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included. In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.

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