Fine Arts | Romanesque and Gothic Art
A322 | 2184 | Reilly
The Romanesque and Gothic periods of the 11th through the 14th
centuries, often termed the High Middle Ages, saw the revival of
monumental vaulted architecture and life-sized stone sculpture. It also
witnessed the recognition of the artists for the first time since the
ancient period, and the growth of a middle class that could patronize
works of art such as manuscripts and devotional images. The major
monuments of the Romanesque and Gothic periods, such as the pilgrimage
churches, the Last Judgement portal at Autun, the abbey of Saint-Denis,
and San Francesco at Assisi and the art of the mendicant orders, will be
examined in the context of the movements and events of the time.
The course grade will be based on a combination of
two in-class tests and a final exam, several brief written assignments and
an 8-page research paper, as well as class attendance and participation.