A survey of architecture, sculpture, and painting of Early Christian,
Byzantine, Carolingian, Romanesque, and Gothic periods from the 4th to
the 13th centuries. Emphasis on Hagia Sophia, Aachen Chapel, Saint Denis
and the French cathedrals.
Although class discussion is strongly encouraged, this is primarily a
lecture course based upon the visual content of works of art presented by
way of projected slides. Attendance is highly recommended for every class
meeting. Students are responsible for the content of all lectures and
assigned reading materials.
COMPORTMENT: Since this a professional presentation at the university
level, you are not permitted to eat or drink during class lectures and
discussion. Disabled students must see me on the first day of class to
accommodate their individual needs.
HOURS: Monday-Wednesday 4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday 12:00-1:00 p.m. or by
appointment. My office is in Coburn Hall, Room 201
-James Snyder, Medieval Art: Painting, Sculpture and Architecture
4th-14th Century. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1990.
-A. Duby, Age of the Cathedrals: Arts and Society. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1990.
-Frederick B. Artz, The Mind of the Middle Ages: An Historical Survey
AD 200-1500. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.
In addition, a series of articles is placed on the Reserve Section of
the O'Leary Library, under Garland Library of Art History, Vol, IV -
Medieval Art - N5300.G32 (see attached Reserve Article List).
For further bibliography, see attached Reserve Book List. These books,
with their respective call numbers, are placed on the Reserve Section of
the O'Leary Library. Also check with the campus bookstore/South for
various paperbacks on Medieval Art.
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Center of Medieval Art
Class attendance is required. Exams are based on class lectures and
discussion of visual and historical material.
EXAMINATIONS: There will be two (2) ten minute quizzes based on
slide identification (name of the artist, title of the work, style and
approximate date). These quizzes will be
given at the beginning of the lecture and they will be selected from the
illustrations found in your text - Trachtenberg and Hyman, Architecture.
Also if necessary additional quizzes will be given to assist you in
assimilating the visual material. In addition, there will be a MID-TERM
EXAM. This examination will be based on slide comparisons,
essays and definition of terms. And, a FINAL EXAM (date to be announced)
will be based on material discussed from the Mid-Term Exam on. The
format will be the same as the Mid-Term Exam. Examinations missed
without prior excuse from me or written excuse for medical or other
emergencies, obtained from the Dean of the College, cannot be made up.
PAPER: There will be one paper due December 2. All late papers will
be penalized. The paper should be approximately 10 pages long, double
spaced and typed with xeroxed illustrations or postcards for 200 level
students. For 400 level students, the research paper should be of 15-20
pages. Topics must be approved by the instructor. A list of possible
paper topics will be distributed. The schedule of deadlines for the
paper is as follows:
Paper Topics due - Oct. 21
Bibliographies and Preliminary Outlines - Nov. 4
Final Outlines - Nov. 25
Paper Due - Dec. 2
GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: Prior to completing your
research, you should consult at least 8, post 1960 sources (books and
articles). Although you may read survey texts (such a as those of
Janson, Hartt, or Gardner), these do not count among the acceptable
sources. You may develop a good bibliography for any topic you choose
from the books and articles on the Reserve Section of the O'Leary
Library/South Campus. Also, The Encyclopedia of World Art and The Oxford
Companion to Art may be useful. The Art Index (an annual index of
periodical literature on art) is very helpful.
ON PLAGIARISM: Be careful never to copy directly or directly adapt
from another author without crediting the source. General sources must be
listed in a bibliography; any direct quotation or paraphrase must be
footnoted. Any unacknowledged copying will receive and F for the course.
A series of xeroxed materials will be given out throughout the course in
order to help you with your reading and writing assignments.
EVALUATION: The final exam will count 25% of your final semester
grade. The paper will also count 25% of your final semester grade. And
the two quizzes with the mid-term examination will count 50% of your
final semester grade.
VISITS: Students are individually responsible for visiting the Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (both in Boston),
the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge), the Worcester Art Museum (Worcester),
Whistler House Museum (Lowell), the Philips Academy Museum (Andover), and
the Curry Museum.
MUSEUM VISITS: Probably during the semester the Art History Club will
sponsor some field trips to the Boston Museums. Also, there will be
schedules of one or two trips to New York City, Worcester and, New Haven
and Hartford, CT., and Washington, D.C. in order to visit some major
exhibitions or museums. You will be encouraged to attend, but not
penalized for not participating in these trips.
TABLE FOR EXAMINATIONS:
(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)
Sep. 27 - Quiz I.
It consists of identifying visual material presented in class or
included in your required assignments. You will be asked to identify the
name of the artist (if known), the title of the art work, the style, and
an approximate date.
Oct. 2 - EXAM I. It will be based on slide identification, slide
comparisons, essays, and definition of terms.
Oct. 16 - QUIZ II. Same format as Sept. 27.
Oct. 21 - Notify me of your paper topic.
Nov. 22 - EXAM II. Same format at October 2.
Dec. 2 - PAPER DUE.
Dec. 11-15 - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD.
ASSIGNMENT AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:
(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)
Sep. 3 - Introduction to Medieval Art and Culture
Sep. 6-13 - The End of the Ancient World: Early Christian Art
The disintegration of classicism; developments in Early Christian Art in
Snyder, Medieval Art, 15-65; Tierney, Painter, The Middle Ages, 37-59;
W. Lowrie, Art in the Early Church, 5-6 xerox;
A. Grabar, Early Christian Art.
Sep. 16 - The Holy Land: Early Christian Remains in Constantinople &
Snyder, Medieval Art, 66-68; 72-75; R. Krautheimer, Introduction to an
Iconography of Medieval Architecture, Journal of Warburg and Courtauld
Institutes, V, 1942, 1-33.
Sep. 18 - The Holy Book: Illustrations of Scripture in Early
Snyder, Medieval Art, 79-95
Sep. 20 & 23 - Byzantine Art in the Age of Justinian
Snyder, Medieval Art, 99-125; D. T. Rice, The Art of Byzantium.
Sep. 25 - The Second Golden Age of Byzantine Art
Snyder, Medieval Art, 126-156
Sep. 27 - QUIZ I
Sep. 27 - The Non-Classical World in the North & the Spread of
Snyder, Medieval Art, 175-181; Tierney, Painter, 61-81; J. Hubert, J.
Porcher, W.F. Volbach, Europe of the Invasions.
Oct. 2 - EXAM I
Oct. 4 - Hiberno-Saxon Art in Ireland & England
Snyder, Medieval Art, 182-190; Tierney, Painter, 85-134; F. Henry, Irish
Oct. 7 & 9 - Carolingian Art: Revival and Transformations
Snyder, Medieval Art, 191-229; Tierney, Painter, 135-151; 155-170; J.
Hubert, J. Porcher, W. Volbach, The Carolingian Renaissance.
Oct. 11, 13 & 15 - Diffusion and Diversity in the 10th Century
Snyder, Medieval Art, 230-252; J. Beckwith, Early Medieval Art.
Oct. 16 - QUIZ II
Oct. 16-18 - The Romanesque Spirit
M. Schapiro, On the Aesthetic Attitude in Romanesque Art, (Reserve).
Oct. 21 - The Year 1000: Aspects of the 11th Century
"First Romanesque" Art; revival or survival of monumental stone
Snyder, Medieval Art, 255-260; Tierney, Painter, 223-239; G. Duby, The
Age of the Cathedrals, 30-53. (Reserve).
Oct. 21 - PAPER TOPICS DUE
Oct. 23 & 25 - Pilgrimage & Crusade: Early Romanesque Art in S.W.
France & Northern Spain
Snyder, Medieval Art, 261-273; Tierney, Painter, 243-256; M. Schapiro,
From Mozarabic to Romanesque at Silos, Selected Papers, (Reserve).
Oct. 28 & 30 - Burgundy: Cluny and Monasticism
Snyder, Medieval Art, 274-290.
Nov. 4 - BIBLIOGRAPHIES AND PRELIMINARY OUTLINES DUE
Tierney, Painter, 243-256.
Nov. 4, 6-8 - 1066: Norman France and England
Snyder, Medieval Art, 291-305; Tierney, Painter, 317-333.
Nov. 13-15 - Romanesque Art in Aquitaine, Lanquedoc and Provence:
Troubadours and Heresies
Snyder, Medieval Art, 305-312; Tierney, Painter, 444-457; M. Schapiro,
The Sculptures of Souillac, in Selected Papers, (Reserve).
Nov. 18 - Italy in the 11th and 12th Centuries
Snyder, Medieval Art, 313-333
Nov. 20 - The Rhineland: Empire and Papacy
Snyder, Medieval Art, 334-340
Nov. 22 - EXAM II
Nov. 25 - The Gothic Cathedral: Structure and Symbol
O. Von Simpson, The Gothic Cathedral, excerpts, xerox; Snyder, Medieval
Art, 343-349; Tierney, Painter, 403-424; Duby, 97-135.
FINAL OUTLINES DUE.
Nov. 27 - Abbot Suger and St. Denis
Snyder, Medieval Art, 350-356; Tierney, Painter, 295-308; 433-444; E.
Panofsky, Abbot Suger on the Abbey Church of St. Denis.
Dec. 2 - Developments in Early Gothic Art
Snyder, Medieval Art, 356-361; The Cathedral of Chartres, Snyder,
Medieval Art, 361-373; A. Katzenellenbogen, The Sculptural Program of
Chartres Cathedral, Chapters 1-3.
Dec. 2 - PAPER DUE
Dec. 4 - High Gothic: Amiens, Reims
Snyder, Medieval Art, 373-395; Tierney, Painter, 345-364; Duby, 136-165.
Dec. 6 - Rayonnant Art: The Court Style
Snyder, Medieval Art, 395-401; Tierney, Painter, 382-388; Duby, 166-187.
Dec. 9 - Gothic Painting
Snyder, Medieval Art, 438-444; The Spread of French Gothic; Snyder,
Medieval Art, 402-437; Duby, 195-220.
Dec. 11-15 - FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD