History of Architecture 1B (students M-Z)

Prof. Salvatore Di Liello





This course is aimed at consolidating the tie between the history and culture of the contemporary project, as well as at mastering the languages of historical architecture, also with reference to original cultural geographies.

Starting with an introduction outlining the History of Architecture from the classic era to the Middle Ages, referring to major exempla designed to steer architecture in modern times, the course hinges on the remembrance of the antique in European architecture from the Renaissance to Neoclassicism. As regards the period from the XVth to the XVIIIth centuries, the historical framework within which architectural thought and works come to fruition will be illustrated by evaluating cultural geographies and the contributions of the different authors. Then, the construction of style categories in the modern age - Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassicism – will be tackled with special attention to the historical context during each of these periods, by appraising the outcomes of architectural theories and by explaining which projects and authors were bound to have a broader impact on art researches and architecture.
Furthermore, a detailed study will concern the urban and architectural dimensions of the city of Naples and how historical events and cultural systems created over the centuries an unbreakable bond between architecture and urban shape, demonstrable during every phase of the historical settling of the city, from the establishment of Greek settlers to its development during the Middle and Modern Ages. To this purpose, special attention will be paid to the XVIth century and to the works of Giovan Battista Cavagna (approximately 1530 -1613), a crucial figure for the updating of Neapolitan Classicism in the wake of the sixteenth century Roman.
By way of a didactic extension, the course will be followed by a seminar, included among the educational activities chosen by students, designed for an in-depth analysis of the curricular subjects, with special reference to the study of XVIIIth century architecture in Naples.

Didactic structure
Attendance and registering for the course are mandatory. The teaching method will blend traditional lectures and study visits to places and architectural examples of special interest to conceive the historical structure of the city of Naples.

Modalities of the examination
An oral interview is provided for, aimed at verifying the candidates’ critical knowledge of the subjects dealt with during the course.

As concerns bibliography, we refer to a critical selection of writings on architecture from the XVIth to the XVIIIth century and to the volume S. Di Liello, Giovan Battista Cavagna. Un architetto pittore fra classicismo e sintetismo tridentino, Napoli, Fridericiana Editrice Universitaria 2012, from which some passages related to the subjects tackled during lessons will be selected.
Further bibliographic recommendations aimed at possible in-depth analyses will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Per la bibliografia si rimanda a una selezione critica di scritti sull’architettura fra Cinque e Settecento e al volume S. Di Liello, Giovan Battista Cavagna. Un architetto pittore fra classicismo e sintetismo tridentino, Napoli, Fridericiana Editrice Universitaria 2012, da cui saranno selezionate le parti relative agli argomenti trattati nelle lezioni.
Ulteriori indicazioni bibliografiche, per eventuali approfondimenti, saranno forniti all’inizio del corso.