Educational Goals

The PHD’s objective is to train specialists able to combine humanistic studies in the visual and performing arts sector, with technological skills; such knowledge can be applied in specific fields of research and education. Therefore, in order to provide a sound humanistic background, the PHD provides initially a basic training in philology and art history from the Medieval period to nowadays; this core knowledge is subsequently deepened through the analysis of art movements from the Medieval period to the Avanguards, the understanding of art collection’s dynamics, including museum’s collections, and studies related to applied arts, sculpture, decorative art, art critiques; the performing arts are also examined through Italian dramatic literature texts and the study of Italian and international cinema directors. The technological skills are gained through courses and projects which challenge the traditional way of approaching and studying illustrated texts and literature; these will be lead both by the PHD and the School. In particular, the programme’s focus will be on elaborating two-dimensional and three-dimensional images which can be applied in the visual and performing arts sector and also on implementing textual databases for the above mentioned disciplines. In this respect, part of the programme is lead by visiting professors, responsible for several projects within the Cribecu Center of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa University. Their lectures contribute to making the PHD’s course offerings particularly interesting as regards to the informatics of philological texts applied to digital and multimedia art formats. Example of this use can be found in portal sites such as the Informatics research center for art history of the Informatics research center for art history of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa University; the Artistic database of the French Cultural Ministrye; Portal of Italian Cinema and theTheatre Portal.

The PHD’s programme is also enriched by researchers that have created web-sites and digital products such as the cd-rom 1664. La Roma di Bellori, financed by the Italian Cultural Ministry for the exhibition L’idea del bello. Viaggio per Roma nel Seicento con Giovan Pietro Bellori. Other important products are Le Vite di Giorgio Vasari, digital edition of Giorgio Vasari’s book Le Vite, Giuntina e Torrentiana Edition; the project Corpus Informatico Belloriano, digital edition of the scripts and drawings of Giovanni Pietro Bellori; the iconographic part of the project Bivio (Biblioteca Digitale On line), an on-line digital library; the project Monumenta rariora and the digital library of the project Moratesti. Moreover, as regards to the exploitation of humanistic knowledge and technological skills within the field of education, the programme focuses on implementing and testing e-learning activities related to the visual and performing arts, through dedicated portals.