Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Davide Righini

Assigned to the Degree Course

Art History (LM-89)
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Learning Objectives

The history of art and architecture are essential in the intellectual development and in the practise of architecture. The major aim of the course is to enable the student to make judgment, have an historical and bibliographic instruments to be able to analyse and understand movements, effects and protagonists (architects, artists, patrons, benefits, etc) of this fundamental period (first Dublin Descriptor). To achieve this aim it’s necessary to always use multiple approaches and different methods of analysis observing the Unity of History (second Dublin Descriptor).
Undergraduate shall be able to: use the acquired knowledge to make personal and mature judgements (third Dublin Descriptor); use the appropriate technical language (fourth Dublin Descriptor); establish logical connections between topics; read the complexity of architecture (fifth Dublin Descriptor).


The course will follow a didactic itinerary that allows the student to analyse the most significant moments in the history of Western architecture from the Late Middle Ages to the first half of the 20th century. The programme will cover the following topics

1) From Gothic to the Early Renaissance 

2) Leon Battista Alberti and the spread of the Renaissance language 

3) The Ducal Palace of Urbino (visit)

4) Donato Bramante and architectural classicism in the first half of the 16th century

5) Michelangelo and the second half of the 16th century in Lazio and Tuscany

6) The second half of the 16th century in Northern Italy (Giulio Romano, Sansovino, Palladio)

7) Rome in the first half of the seventeenth century: the Baroque

8) From the spread of Baroque to Rococo

9) From the rediscovery of the antique to historicist eclecticism

10) The new forms. From Liberty to Rationalism

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Oral examination, if necessary elementary sketch exemplifications, descriptions of photos or drawings of buildings, details, architectural sculptures, etc. The first set of questions tends to evaluate the basic knowledge of the program (first Dublin Descriptor) and basic ability to establish logical connections between topics (second Dublin Descriptor). The second set of questions checks strictly: the criticism (third Dublin Descriptor); the correct use of the appropriate language (fourth Dublin Descriptor); the ability to establish logical connections between topics and of reading the complexity of architecture (fifth Dublin Descriptor).

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Classroom lessons will be held with the help of Power Point images, available, along with other supporting material, on the platform: moodle: www.blended.uniurb.it.


In order to pass the exam, it is compulsory for each student to write a thesis (20 pages maximum; around 13,000-15,000 characters and with footnotes) concerning the historical-critical analysis of an architecture, the choice of which will be agreed upon with the teacher. The work must be submitted in pdf format at least 15 days before the exam.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students




The History of Modern Art course is recommended.

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