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Romanesque and Gothic Art and Architecture

ARHA 210
Spring 2023
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: MDST 210, RL&L 210
Course Cluster and Certificates: Christianity Studies

This course introduces the art and architecture of Romanesque and Gothic Europe--that is, later medieval Europe c. 1100-1400--focusing on Germany, France, Italy, England, and Spain as well as the wider Mediterranean. Architecture, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, and other luxury arts (e.g., metalwork, ivory, and textiles) will be our focus, supplemented by primary-source texts and secondary literature. Key themes will include sacred spaces, such as cathedrals and monasteries, and sacred objects, such as devotional books and bejeweled reliquaries; the relationship between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam; geography and travel, from pilgrimage to crusade to exploration; and courtly love and secular objects, even erotic artworks. As the course progresses, we will routinely pause to devote special attention and small-group discussions to premodern definitions of artwork, image, artist, and craftsmanship; and medieval social categories, including women, "sodomites," Jews, and various other "others." An important goal of this course is to acquaint students with decidedly non-modern ideas about images and premodern ideologies, thinking through how the former support the latter and vice versa. The class offers students an opportunity to explore the full range of medieval art and architecture at both introductory and critical levels.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(IDEA-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on JUN-22-2024
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