Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Italian Baroque Architecture 1600-1750

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide a comprehensive historical overview of Baroque architecture in Italy during the period 1600-1750. It would consider Baroque architecture as being an intrinsic artistic and rhetorical product of the Counter-Reformation culture and examine its evolution. It would consider in detail the works of important architects working in Rome such as Carlo Maderno, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Francesco Borromini and Pietro da Cortona.

Although Rome is always the main central focus in Italian Baroque architecture, the study unit will also consider manifestations of Baroque architecture in other cities and regions of Italy particularly the following: Piedmont (principally the works of Filippo Juvara and Guarino Guarini), Venice (the works of Baldassere Longhena), Lombardy (Ricchino, Binago, etc), Naples and Caserta,(the works of Sanfelice and Vanvitelli) and various regions of Sicily (Palermo, Catania and the Val di Noto region).

The study-unit unit will also cover various aspects ranging from architectural scenography, urban spaces and urban morphology of cities in the Baroque era, gardens and landscaping; aspects of architectural patronage; etc.

Study-unit Aims:

- To provide the student with a good understanding of Italian Baroque architecture emanating out of the Counter Reformation, as a rhetorical artistic movement;
- The student would acquire a sound knowledge of the main architectural works of the Italian Baroque and its main protagonists;
- To have a basic understanding of the evolution of Italian Baroque architecture and the variations that emerged in different regions.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. comprehend the basic principles of Baroque architecture and its relations to the specific Counter-Reformation culture that gave rise to it;
b. proficient with the main architectural works of Bernini, Borromoni and other leading Italian Baroque architects;
c. have a good understanding of the different variations and strains of Baroque architecture and urbanism in different regions of Italy.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. be proficient in understanding the factors that led to the emergence of Baroque architecture in Italy;
b. utilize the knowledge acquired tin order to pursue further architectural history studies beyond Italy, for example: architecture in Malta during the rule of the Order of St John (study unit ART 3003 for third years).

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main textbook:

Rudolph Wittkower, 'Art and Architecture in Italy 1600-1750', Yale University Press, revised by Joseph Connors and Jennifer Montagu, in three volumes.

Supplementary texts:

Anthony Blunt, 'Baroque and Rococo: Architecture and Decoration', (1980)
Anthony Blunt, 'Borromini', 1979.
Howard Hibbard, 'Bernini', Penguin Art and Architecture,1991.
Paolo Portoghesi, 'The Rome of Borromini: Architecture as Language', (1968)
Stephen Tobriner, 'The Genesis of Noto, An Eighteenth Century Sicilian City', (1982)

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Study-unit: ART1140


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Essay SEM1 Yes 30%
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM1 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Conrad Thake

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