L-ART/01 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Acquiring an in-depth knowledge of the medieval artistic experiences, as well as of the specific languages, techniques and aims of the medieval artistic production in Europe and in the Mediterranean area.

Deepen some aspects of the intersections between East and West in the medieval Mediterranean, with particular reference to the various artistic activities promoted in Norman Sicily.

Course Structure


Detailed Course Content

A - Contexts and functions of the arts in the Middle Ages.

B - Art and arts in Norman Sicily

Textbook Information

A - 4 CFU

Student will choose some essays from :

Arti e storia nel Medioevo. II. Del costruire: tecniche, artisti, artigiani, committenti, a cura di E. Castelnuovo e G. Sergi, Torino 2003.

L’Arte medievale nel contesto. 300-1300. Funzioni, iconografia, tecniche, a cura di P. Piva, Milano 2006.


B – 5 CFU

Student will choose, for the number of text pages envisaged for each cfu (150 c.a.), some essays from:

F. Gandolfo, La scultura nella Sicilia normanna, voll. I-II, Tivoli 2019

S. Brodbeck, Les Saints de la cathédrale de Monreale en Sicile. Iconographie, hagiographie et pouvoir royal à la fin du XIIe siècle, École Française de Rome 2010

Nobiles Officinae. Perle, filigrane e trame di seta dal Palazzo Reale di Palermo, voll. I-II, Catania 2006

La Cappella Palatina a Palermo, a cura di B. Brenk, Modena 2010

Die Cappella Palatina in Palermo. Geschichte, Kunst, Funktionen. Forschungsergebnisse der Restaurierung, a cura di Th. Dittelbach, Künzelsau 2011 (trad. italiana alle pp. 321-366)

J. Johns, Muslim Artists and Christian Models in the painted Ceilings of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo, in Romanesque and the Mediterranean. Points of Contact across the Latin, Greek and Islamic Worlds c.1000 to c.1250, a cura di R.Bacile e J. McNeill, Leeds 2015, pp. 59-90

Siculo-arabic ivoires and islamic painting. 1100-1300, edited by D. Knipp, München 2011

Seeking Transparency. Rock Crystals Across the Medieval Mediterranean, a cura di C. Hahn e A. Shalem, Berlin 2020


Parts of this module will be carried out in coordination with the teaching of History of Byzantine Art


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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