MEMS 344 - Early Medieval Kingdoms and Cultures: European Art 400-1000
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
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Course Note:
Instruction Mode As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. Learning Mode The weekly lecturers for this course will be made available synchronously.
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This 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, Ottonian Germany, and Viking Scandinavia. 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 antique past, European perceptions of Byzantium and Islam, the political use of imagery in early medieval courts, the cult of relics and worship of saints, theories of the religious image, and emotions circling around the Year 1000. Workload moderate: two tests, two short papers; attendance crucial. HISTART Concentration Distributions: D. Europe and the U.S., 2. Medieval

Course Requirements:

tests (50%), written work (45%), attendance/participation (5%)

Intended Audience:

undergraduates with an interest in the subject

Class Format:

lectures with discussion


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

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