Cross, Book, Bone: Early Medieval Art, c. 300-1100|
Fall 2022 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Christianity Studies|
This class surveys the art and architecture of early medieval Europe, beginning with the multicultural world of Late Antiquity, the decline of the Roman Empire, and the spread of Christianity, and continuing through the glory of Byzantium, the rise of Islam, and the development of Germanic kingdoms in Northern Europe. Style, content, function, and historical context shall be examined across monuments of architecture, sculpture, mosaic, manuscripts, painting, and the luxury arts. Questions of religious practice, political messaging, and cross-cultural translation shall be threaded throughout, for example: Could one picture God? How might divinity be conceptualized and accessed? What was the best way to picture a ruler? How was the sacred made manifest here on earth? How might we see dialogue, overlap, and/or competition between the art and architecture of Islam and Christianity, among other religious traditions? The periods considered will include Late Antique, Byzantine, Umayyad, Abbasid, Migration, Insular, Carolingian, Mozarabic, Ottonian, and Viking art.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(IDEA-MN)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
1. William Diebold, WORD & IMAGE: THE ART OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES, 600-1050 (Routledge, 2001), ISBN: 978-0813338798.
John Lowden, EARLY CHRISTIAN AND BYZANTINE ART (London, 1997), ISBN: 978-0714831688.
Additional readings, including articles, book chapters, and primary-source texts, will be made available on e-reserves and Moodle.
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Midterm exam, final exam, term paper, one response paper, class participation. Throughout the semester we will also be working together to curate a small exhibition of Late Antique and early medieval objects from Wesleyan┐s Archaeology Collection, which involve small, targeted research and writing assignments.
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