Art and Art History 352. Early Medieval Art and Culture
This course covers the art of the early medieval world ending with the first millennium. It takes as its point of departure the legacy of the late antique world and then explores the development of medieval secular and religious art as it is touched by diverse influences and as it evolves in response to the changing needs of two newly formed Christian cultures – one from the East (the Byzantines) and one from the West. Further enrichment of the period from the 7th century to the year 1000 will be achieved by exploring the early years of Islamic art, in particular, its existence in medieval Spain. All media will be represented with special attention paid to questions of materials, techniques of production, function, patronage and context.