Course Description for Early Medieval Art and Architecture
Early Medieval Art and Architecture
This course surveys the art and architecture of late antique and early medieval Europe from Constantine the Great to the year 1000, covering the late Roman, early Byzantine, Merovingian, Hiberno-Saxon, Carolingian, Ottonian, and early Islamic periods. We will devote special emphasis to key historical, cultural, and religious influences on medieval art, including the rise of Christianity and of Islam, the court of Charlemagne, monasticism, and the millennial terrors of the year 1000. We will also consider interpretive questions relating to art and ritual, the survival of pagan imagery, and aniconism in medieval art.