History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 388: Topics in European History

HIST 388-001: Western Medieval Art
(Fall 2017)

Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 212

Section Information for Fall 2017

This course offers a survey of important monuments, themes, and developments in the art of early medieval Western Europe from Constantine’s Roman empire of the fourth century to the empire of Charlemagne in the ninth. Through careful consideration of objects and texts we will explore the emergence of a distinctly medieval visual culture and its relationship to the Roman past. Topics include the function of art and architecture as a means of imperial self-representation among both Romans and Franks, the troubled cultural exchange between eastern and western empires, the rise of the cult of relics and its architectural legacy, and the production, dissemination, and decoration of late ancient and medieval books. Requirements include both a midterm and final essay and participation in classroom discussion.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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