IT-5 Continuity and Discontinuity within the Historic Evolution of the Architectural Phenomenon (II) - from the Renaissance to Romanticism

The Faculty of Architecture / Architectural Conservation and Restoration
1st Year, sem 2, 2023-2024 | Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 3
History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation
Course Leader:
prof.dr.arh. Mihaela Criticos
Learning outcomes:

When finalizing this discipline, students would be able to:
- understand the necessary relationship between architecture and context, form and meaning, scale of the object and scale of the natural or urban landscape;
- analyze and critically assess the response of the architectural and urban forms to the complex requirements of the physical and cultural-historic context;
- present with valid arguments their own interpretations, attitudes or approaches regarding issues in the field of architecture and urban design.


When finalizing this discipline, students would be able to understand:
- the architectural phenomenon of the studied period and the determining factors of its evolution;
- the process of transition from pre-modernity to modernity, which characterizes the analyzed historic period.
Titles of the lectures
1. European and Italian preludes: from Vitruv to the Italian proto-renaissance
2. The cradle of early Renaissance: Florence – tradition and innovation in the architecture practice: Filippo Brunelleschi
3. The relationship between architecture theory and practice: the work of Leon Battista Alberti
4. The spreading of the early Renaissance: Lombardia, Urbino, Veneto
5. Centralization and dogma: Rome – the capital of high Renaissance during the time of
Donato Bramante
6. The vulnerable centre – form and reformation of the content: Renaissance, mannerism and early baroque in the work of Michelangelo Buonarotti
7. Stable and unstable tradition: the late Renaissance in and by the work of Andrea Palladio
8. Reborn centre / centres: counter-reformation – content and form of the baroque:
Gianlorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini in Rome, Guarino Guarini in Turin
9. Birth of the modern urban planning – urban space in the Baroque age
10. The spreading of Italian Renaissance throughout Europe: Italian artists in France, native ones in German speaking areas and in Britain
11. National replicas: evolving classicism in France, German renaissance and Palladianism in Britain
12. The temporary freedom: baroque and rococo as intermezzo
13. Unified national tendencies: classicism in the second half of the 18th century
14. Diversifying options: romanticism
Teaching Method:
lectures with digital images
exam written paper
Materials available in electronic format

Roth, Leland M.; Roth Clark, Amanda C., Understanding Architecture. Its Elements, History, and Meaning, 2018
Ching, Francis D. K.; Jarzombek, Mark M.; Prakash, Vikramaditya, A Global History of Architecture, 2017
Mira Dordea – Renaștere, Baroc si Rococo in arhitectura universala, 1994 (scan pdf - selecție)
Spiro Kostof – A History of Architecture, Oxford University Press, 1995 – cap. 17, 20, 21 (scan pdf)
Vincent Scully, Architecture. The Natural and the Manmade, New York, St. Martin's Press, 1991 (scan pdf)
Mihaela Criticos - note de curs (pdf)