Fine Arts | Early Medieval Art
A321 | 26225 | Sarah Bassett


This course examines the art and architecture of Western Europe from
the fourth century through the tenth, a period that saw the
disintegration and eventual collapse of the western Roman Empire in
the later fourth and fifth centuries, the emergence of individual
successor states under the leadership of Germanic and other non-Roman
peoples in the sixth and seventh centuries, and the development of the
institution of the Holy Roman Empire in the eighth and ninth
centuries. This 500 year span was a period of enormous change in which
the cultural dialogue, at times peaceful and at times bellicose,
between the traditions of the Roman world both pagan and Christian and
those of such non-Roman peoples as the Goths, the Lombards, the
Angles, the Saxons, the Celts, the Vikings, and the Franks saw the
development of new social and cultural systems and with them the
visual forms that were their means of expression.   This course will
observe these developments by examining the painting, sculpture and
architecture of Western Europe produced during the early middle ages
in the context of such cultural institutions as warfare, kingship, and
monasticism.