Introduction to Visual Culture in the Middle Ages
Instructor: Professor Maxwell
An introductory survey, this course focuses on European painting, sculpture, and "minor arts" from c.800 to c. 1400. A brief introduction to the arts of the Late Antique and Migration periods will provide background to a more in-depth study of the works of the Carolingian, Romanesque, and Gothic periods. Analysis of works emphasizes the cultural context, the thematic content, and the function of objects. Students will become familiar with selected major monuments as well as primary textual sources. Attention will be paid to certain problems in medieval art, such as the status of images, the roles of patrons, social rituals such as pilgrimage and crusading, and the ideology of visual culture across the political and urban landscapes.
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