Medieval Urbanism: Art, History, and Theory
Instructor: Professor Maxwell
This course examines the role of art and architecture in constructing the urban environment. A range of city types will be treated, including planned new towns, military settlements, post-antique "civitates," and capital cities such as Rome, Paris, and London. We will consider architecture and planning, but also sculpture and other arts for their impact on shaping urban experience. Broader themes will include urban and communal identity, societal organization and conflict, conquest and colonialism, and public/private religious practice. The course includes a historical overview of medieval urban development as well as an investigation of the existing models for the study of cities, examining the art historical stake in those theories.
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