MEMS 344 - Early Medieval Kingdoms and Cultures: European Art 400-1000
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This lecture course concerns a fascinating period in European history, when, after the fall of Rome, waves of invading “barbarians” occupied the lands of the former empire and, as a product of dynamic interchange between cultures, new forms of art and architecture emerged. We will focus on places and times in which distinctive artistic cultures flourished: Britain in the “age of saints,” Ostrogothic and Lombard Italy, Visigothic Spain before and after the coming of Islam, Carolingian Europe under Charlemagne and his heirs, Anglo-Saxon England, Mozarabic Spain, and Ottonian Germany. We will consider the function of imagery in specific historical contexts, studying magnificently decorated churches and palaces, elaborately embellished manuscripts, and sumptuous objects produced for patrons with a taste for gold, ivory and gemstones. Overarching themes include early medieval attitudes toward the classical past, European perceptions of Byzantium and Islam, the political use of imagery in early medieval courts, the cult of relics, art in liturgy, and theories of the religious image.

MEMS 344 - Early Medieval Kingdoms and Cultures: European Art 400-1000
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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