The Medieval period through Movies and Art / Fall 2015
This course will introduce you to some topics of Western art in the Middle Ages. We will study different artworks that represent a range of topics such as death, devotion, religious order, the representation of the devil, daily life, role of the artists, mystical vision, illuminated manuscripts, the body and sex. Each topic will be introduced with a film. We will study this material in its historical context and explore how these subjects were represented, perceived, used and considered in the Middle Ages. We will discuss the difference in how these topics are perceived now versus then. We will explore the art of this period analyzing issues that are related to materiality, rituality, cult and the role of art making in different settings.
Learning Outcomes of the Course
The student will gain familiarity with these topics through the study and understanding of different artworks made in various types media. We will build some skills to analyze the movies and scholarly readings.
Students will continue to develop the fundamental disciplinary skills of visual analysis, critical reading and evaluation of scholarly arguments in art history.