Early Medieval Art (3 cr.)

Course Details

Course Level: 
Graduate Course
Course Number: 
HART 530
Course Description: 

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. 

For each lecture, Graduate Students will be assigned additional readings. They will write an annotated bibliography of all these readings to be turned in at the end of the semester. We will meet for an additional every two or three weeks to discuss interpretive and methodological problems and ideas associated with the readings. Graduate Students will be expected to complete all the requirements of the class in addition to writing a substantial research paper due at the end of the semester.

Credit cannot be earned for HART 530 and HART 330.