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Storia dell'arte medievale


Wednesday, 9 October 2019 to Friday, 22 May 2020
Total hours: 40
Hours of lectures: 40

Examination procedure

  • Report or seminar


The course is intended principally for students of the two undergraduate courses (regardless of their enrolment years). However, some of the topics covered can also be useful for doctoral students.


Donatello and his world: patrons, genres and works. The course will examine in its entirety the long artistic experience of one of the greatest pioneers of the Renaissance: his training, his technical versatility, his intense activity for public and private clients, his travels through Italy, his innovations as to iconography and genre, his relationship with classical antiquity, and his role as a mediator between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age.


Educational goals:

The course aims to provide undergraduate students with advanced critical tools to deal with the ‘mute’ language of works of art of the past, and in particular of sculpture, both by practicing directly on the figurative corpus and by examining the different methods of interpretation used in modern studies. 

Bibliographical references

Hans Kauffmann, Donatello. Eine Einführung in sein Bilden und Denken, G. Grote’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Berlin 1935.

Horst Waldemar Janson, The Sculpture of Donatello, 2 vols., Princeton University Press, Princeton 1957.

Artur Rosenauer, Donatello, Electa, Milan 1993.

Donatello: il David restaurato, exhibition catalogue (Florence, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, 29th November 2008 - 23th November 2009), edited by Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi, Giunti - Firenze Musei, Florence 2008.