This course considers the art and architecture produced in Europe between the fifth and twelfth centuries. The first third of the course examines the transformation of European culture between the fall of Rome and the rise of the Carolingians, including the mingling of Christian, Roman, Germanic, and Byzantine traditions reflected in the work of the Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Lombards, Celts, Anglo Saxons, and Merovingians. The second third of the course will deal with the so-called "Carolingian Renaissance" associated with Charlemagne and his successors. The final third of the course will focus on work produced in northern Europe after the year 1000, traditionally called "Romanesque." This will provide the opportunity to consider the medieval monastery, the pilgrimage, and the proliferation of relics and examine how weathy and powerful Benedictine, Cluniac, and Cistercian communities contributed to a major revival and reassessment of art and architecture.
Distribution Group 1
Credit cannot be earned for HART 330 and HART 530.
Cross-listed with MDEM 330