Art of the Medieval West: 400 to 1500
Students will gain a general understanding of the history of medieval western Europe from the fifth century through the fifteenth. The class will cover the evolution of ideas about art and architecture; the use of art as an expression of religious, political, and social ideologies; the advances in technology that made new forms possible; and key monuments. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these ideas through class discussion, examinations, and research papers.
Art Appreciation and Analysis
Students will develop abilities to observe, appreciate, and analyze aspects of art and architecture as cultural artifacts, including style, function, structure, historical influences, symbolism, and unity of expression.
Art Historical Research and Writing
Students will gain experience and skill in art historical research and writing.
Research and Writing
Students will acquire deeper knowledge of specific topics in the art of the medieval West art and architecture through research and writing a term paper.