Fine Arts | On the Road: The Art, Architecture and Culture of Medieval Pilgrimage (Topics in Medieval Art)
A329 | 11668 | Silvers

The act of pilgrimage is one of the most compelling phenomena of the
middle ages and one that continues to attract participants to this
day.  In the twelfth century, the most accessible destination for
Western European pilgrims was the basilica and shrine of St. James,
otherwise known as Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain.  Four
pilgrimage routes coursed through France and converged into a single
route in Spain.  Along these routes, pilgrims visited highly ornate
churches and shrines in order to venerate holy relics, pray, and
make donations.

In this course we will examine several facets of the phenomenon of
pilgrimage, beginning with the psychological drive and effect of
pilgrimage on the individual and on towns through which pilgrimage
routes passed.  The majority of the course will be spent exploring
the art and architecture of pilgrimage, from churches to sculpture
to reliquaries.  Throughout the course, we will consider the
relevance of pilgrimage in our modern society:  to what destinations
would we choose to make a pilgrimage?  How would we get there?  What
would our motivation be for attempting such an endeavor?

There will be three exams in this course, as well as regular
required readings.  Participation in class discussions is mandatory.