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Willamette University

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Art History

ARTH 259 (TH) Western Medieval Art and Architecture (1)

This course explores the development of the mostly Christian art and architecture of Western Europe during the Medieval period from its beginnings in the late Roman Empire to its most grandiose expression in the great Gothic cathedrals. Emphasis will be placed on the historical, social and political context of this artistic development. Issues to be considered include the impact of Western Medieval art of Byzantine art and culture, of the Crusades and the pilgrimage routes, and of the emergence of the monastery and the university. The role of patronage and women in the art and architecture of this period will also be discussed.  Other specific topics that will be covered include the art of the Early Christian catacombs, Hiberno-Saxon manuscript illumination, Charlemagne's palace chapel at Aachen, the Bayeux Tapestry, the pilgrimage church of St. Pierre at Moissac, and the sculptural program of Chartres Cathedral.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Professor: Nicgorski