ARH 3202: Medieval Art and Architecture
Course Description for Medieval Art and Architecture
Medieval Art and Architecture
Description: This course introduces the principal forms, concepts, and movements of European medieval art, covering major works of architecture, sculpture, manuscript painting, and the precious arts from late antique, Byzantine, Insular, Carolingian, Romanesque, and Gothic art. In its abstraction, social functions, religious content, and symbolic character, medieval art differs in fundamental ways from the art of the antiquity and the Renaissance. This introduction emphasizes methods of analysis and problems of interpretation key to understanding artistic developments during the thousand year period of the Middle Ages.