Fine Arts | Romanesque Art
A423 | 28559 | Reilly, Diane

This course is for Undergraduate students only.

This course will survey the flowering of art and architecture
following the end of the Viking invasions of Europe.  The medieval
pilgrimage, the cult of relics, the crusades, feudalism, the
investiture crisis, and the growth of female patronage all
contributed to the appearance of new types of artwork in the period
between 1000 and 1200.  Heresy, medieval views of sin and vice, and
the writings of mystics guided the invention of new subjects in
art.  The recovery of Roman building techniques and the innovations
of medieval builders led to the development of new kinds of church
architecture, complementing the economic recovery of the eleventh
century.  Lectures and class discussion will seek to put phenomena
such as the growth of the great monastic church, the emergence of
the Giant Bible and the appearance of apocalyptic portal sculptures
into their historical context.