ITAL300 - TOPICS: ITALIAN CULTURE

Topics vary. Please check the department's website for course description: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses
Section 301 - SEM
The aim of the course is exploring the changes and developments in the description and representation of the city in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and beyond. We will consider several examples taken from literature - treatises, chronicles and travel diaries - and compare them with illustrations from visual sources individuating them among paintings, drawings, tapestries, maps and ruins. Considering authors like Villani, Alberti, and Thomas More and works like the 15th century Italian panels with city views or printed illustration of books, we will discover how real and ideal cities were conceived and represented. We will analyze illustrations of buildings, of city life, of fundamental elements of the structure of the city, the relation between city and landscape and the way a city could be decorated, in a permanent and ephemeral way. Finally, we will analyze different realities (Italy, France, Germany, the US….), seen by writers, travelers and artists of the past and compare them to our own.
T 1200PM-0130PM
R 1200PM-0130PM
BELLAVITIS, MADDALENA
WILLIAMS HALL 315
WILLIAMS HALL 1