Modern Italian Art: 1860-2000

Giuseppe Virelli

The goal of the course is to trace a path through Italian artistic production, with a chronological span encompassing the second half of the nineteenth century through the end of the twentieth century.  The focus on Italy will be presented in close relationship with European and extra-European experiences, as contemporary art is not confined to a single geographic location. Examined in a way that reveals their close interrelationship, the guiding threads of the course are two: the first has to do with history and the chronological evolution of artistic changes and transformations;

the other relates to learning how to read an image or to the language of an artistic work, as well as to the functional and communicative mechanisms of a visual text.