HISTART 205 - Sacred Places
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In most parts of the world, religious activity is linked to specific places that have ritual, mythical, or historical significance. These "sacred spaces" become the focus of ritual activity, pilgrimage, and symbolism, and are usually endowed with buildings and art that celebrate the sanctity of the place or person, create a sense of awe, and accommodate the activities and people who travel to visit them. This course offers an introduction to a sampling of significant sacred sites and shrines throughout the world, stretching from the Egyptian gods to Elvis Presley. The holy places we will study are associated with ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman religions, as well as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, and even modern pop culture. Through these sacred places, we explore why certain artworks and sites became holy to certain peoples and civilizations, how they convey a sense of transcendence, and in what ways structures are planned to accommodate assembled groups of persons and attendant festivals and rituals.

HISTART category for concentration distributions: A. The Middle East (includes Western and Central Asia, and North Africa), D. Europe and the U.S., 1. Ancient, 2. Medieval.

Intended Audience:

General student body, especially freshman and sophomores in all fields

Class Format:

Lecture with discussion section

HISTART 205 - Sacred Places
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
M 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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