Fine Arts | Survey of Medieval Art
A226 | 2104 | Reilly


MW 2:30p-3:45p
FA Room 102

The art of the Middle Ages, from late Antique Rome in the 4th
century to the rise of the Gothic Cathedral in 12th-century
France and the art of Duccio and Giotto in 13th and 14th-century
Italy, spans a multiplicity of styles, patrons and media.  We
will look at the art and architecture of the Early Christians,
such as the Roman catacombs, and of the migratory tribes that
replaced them.  The art and architecture of the Byzantine East
and the Islamic art of the Near East and Spain will be examined
along with western revivals of the Roman model under the
Carolingians and Ottonians.  We will then turn to the rise of
vaulted architecture in Romanesque and Gothic churches, and the
monumental sculpture that decorated them.  The art of the book,
including illuminated manuscripts such as the Book of Kells and
the late medieval Book of Hours will also provide a focus.

The course grade will be based on a combination of two in-
class tests and a final exam, two short written visual analyses,
and class attendance, participation, and in-class assignments.