Medieval Art

Valerie S. Grash, Medieval Art, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course is designed to be a comprehensive examination of the art and architecture created during the period commencing with the emergence of Christianity and its legalization in the late Roman Empire, and concluding with the European arrival of the Bubonic plague (Black Death) in the fourteenth century. At any moment in history—but particularly during periods of great societal upheaval and change—fascinating things happen where and when different cultures collide. These instances of cross-cultural interaction manifest themselves brilliantly in both medieval art and architecture, often creating unique forms that become canonical without our understanding fully the complexity of its origins. Through readings and class discussion, we will engage ourselves in insightful visual and contextual analysis of key monuments in order to better understand the dynamics of cultural assimilation as they occurred in medieval art.

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None.

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Valerie S. Grash, Medieval Art, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course is a thorough examination of the art and architecture created during the European Middle Ages. This period begins with the emergence and legalization of Christianity in the Roman Empire and concludes with the arrival of the bubonic plague. Particular attention will be paid to the evolution of Christian imagery as related to theology and society, as well as the structural, functional, and aesthetic developments that occurred in architecture. Art created by migratory tribes and Islamic peoples will also be examined.

Required Texts:

None.

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