The Visual Culture of the Middle Ages
This course will follow a trajectory through the visual arts of the Middle Ages (300-1300), examining some of the most hotly debated themes in medieval art history. Each class is dedicated to a theme central to the visual culture of the Middle Ages across the Mediterranean. Some themes we will explore include: Icon, Pilgrimage, Narrative, Iconoclasm, Book, Performance, Reliquary, Vision, and Materiality. The central purpose of this seminar is to become familiar with the most typical objects, devotional practices, and ways of seeing and materializing the invisible God during the Middle Ages.