Artists and Workshops in the Mediterranean.

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The class is mainly devoted to PhD students; general knowledge of Greek art and archaeology is requested.


The course focuses on the main artistic productions and monuments from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period in the Mediterranean area. The investigation considers the most important urban contexts and monuments in the wider frame of approaches and interpretative paradigms related to the definition of artistic schools in the Greek world, to the phenomenon of  itinerant artists and the role played by the agency. Part of the course will be dedicated to iconography and "mediality" (from vases to architectonic decoration), to the "political" meaning of images in private and public spheres, to function and fruition of votive offerings in sacred space. Visits to museums and archaeological sites in Italy and Greece are mandatory.

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The class provide historical, cultural, geographic, chronological coordinates of the artistic phenomenon and its main monuments; some topics will be addressed during visits to archaeological museums and sites.

Bibliographical references

G. Adornato (a cura di), Scolpire il marmo. Importazioni, artisti itineranti, scuole artistiche nel Mediterraneo antico, Milano 2010

V. Barlou, Die archaische Bildhauerkunst von Paros. Untersuchungen zur stilistischen Entwicklung der anthropomorphen Rundplastik, Wiesbaden 2014

B. Fehr, Bildformeln und Bildtypen in der archaisch-griechischen Kunst als Ausdruck von sozialen Normen und Werten, in Hephaistos 18 (2000) 103-154

E. Greco (a cura di). Topografia di Atene. Sviluppo urbano e monumenti dalle origini al III sec. d.C., Atene-Paestum 2010-2015

F. Lissarrague, Vases grecs. Les Athéniens et leurs images, Paris 1999

A.E. Raubitschek, Dedications from the Athenian Akropolis, Cambridge, Mass., 1949