History of Western Modern Art: The Rise of a New Pictorial Language between Mannerism and Baroque (long seminar without exam)

The course aims to investigate the deep change occured in the history of italian art between 16th and 17th century through the example of the Carracci, and especially of Annibale (1560-1609), who had been celebrated by his contemporaries with his brother Agostino and his cousin Ludovico for having practiced a new naturalistic approach and refused the mannerist tradition which had been dominating in the 16th century. The analysis of Annibale Carracci?s major works, their style, technique, conservation matters, the examination of sources, documents and critical history will give the occasion of studying the carraccesque project of a new pictorial language, made up by the combination of the different stylistic accents connected to the pictorial regional schools, as they were perceived at the time: the roman school of Raphael and Michelangelo, the venetian school of Titian, the Lombard school of Correggio. We could call this an ?italian? pictorial language, considering the cultural and political meaning that similar projects had between Bologna and Rome in the contexts where the Carracci worked and that will be studied in the course.