Writers & Paintings, Words and Colours: Italy and the Arts

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Writers & Paintings, Words and Colours: Italy and the Arts

  • Host University

    Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

  • Location

    Milan, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Italian Culture, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    What is the mystery behind Mona Lisa smile? What is there behind Dante?s Hell Gate? What images and ideas hide out in Michelangelo?s non-finito? How did politics and entertainment coexist in the writings of the controversial figure of Niccolò Machiavelli? What secrets might unveil the lights and shadows of the rebellious, murderous genius of Caravaggio?
    From the Middle Ages to the renaissance, Italy has produced some of the most powerful masterpieces of all times. The words and colours of our great masters have created images that are now part of the cultural heritage of the whole world, and most importantly, that have strongly influenced the course of the Western aesthetic world. The discipline, the creativity, the genuine imagination of Italian artists is everywhere in the territory: from museums to churches, from libraries to academies.
    This course intends to make students acquainted with the most important and influential authors of the Italian artistic scene. It will introduce students to the names that have transformed the multitude of Italian dialects into a language, that have merged the ancient myths with modernity: writers such as Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli. It will present the painters that have dominated the colour, have given shape to ideas, transformed thoughts into material forms of the sweetest and most powerful features of all times.

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