ART-221: Medieval Art

School
Liberal Arts
Department
Art (art History)
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Art
Course Number
221
Course Title
Medieval Art
Credit Hours
3.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
ENG-081 eligible
Catalog Course Description

A comprehensive overview of medieval art and architecture from the late antiquity to the late Gothic period in Europe and the Mediterranean region. Discusses the visual art and cultures of about 1000 years (around 400-1400 CE) including Late Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, Islamic, and Gothic art. Offers diverse perspectives on the development, exchange, interaction, and influence between all these cultures through their visual arts. A field trip to a major museum is required.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To develop understanding and appreciation for the different phases of medieval art and architecture as an important cultural period interacted with other major cultures; to explore and comprehend the relationship between the artistic forms of different religious groups; to understand the different architectural structures in relation to the different religious movement in the Mediterranean region. To understand the political interaction between the different phases of Medieval culture and their impact on the art of the Renaissance.

Core Course Topics

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. The Late Antiquity: Introduction to the Early Medieval Period: 100 CE - 400 CE
    • Identify and examine the history and development of medieval art and architecture.
  2. The Byzantine Empire: (400-1453)
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the chronological and geographical boundaries of the different phases of medieval culture.
  3. The Early Middle Ages in the West: (200-800)
    • Identify and explain the artistic trends, styles, and mediums of the various forms of visual arts among the different medieval sub-periods.
  4. Medieval Art and Islam (622-1400+)
    • Identify, analyze, and explain the artistic trends, styles, and techniques of the various forms of architectural structures among the different medieval sub-periods.
  5. The Romanesque (9500-1200)
    • Evaluate the iconography of different visual art forms in relation to the religious and ritualistic trends during the various phases of medieval history.*
  6. The Late Middle Ages
    • Categorize and differentiate the iconography and context of the various architectural monuments, Biblical narratives, Islamic visual vocabularies, and the decorative patterns of different medieval manuscripts.*
  7. Inventing the Middle Ages in the 18th Century
    • Interpret how medieval art and architecture developed through chronological and geographical boundaries. Evaluate the exchange, interaction, impact, and influence of the different cultures of medieval time.*
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the history and development of medieval art and architecture.
  2. Demonstrate comprehension of the chronological and geographical boundaries of the different phases of medieval culture.
  3. Identify and explain the artistic trends, styles, and mediums of the various forms of visual arts among the different medieval sub-periods.
  4. Identify, analyze, and explain the artistic trends, styles, and techniques of the various forms of architectural structures among the different medieval sub-periods.
  5. Explain the iconography of the different art forms in relation to the religious-ritualistic and political factors of each specific sub-period and its ramification on the succeeding period.*
  6. Examine the iconography and symbolism of the different visual art forms in relation to the religious and ritualistic factors of each specific sub-period and its ramification on the succeeding period.
  7. Discuss the iconography of the different architectural structures in relation to the religious, ritualistic, social, economical, and political factors of each specific sub-period and its ramification on the succeeding period.*
  8. Explain the scope of the exchange of cultural experiences between the different artistic and ethnic groups among the medieval world.*
  9. Distinguish between the exchange, interaction, impact, and influence of the different cultures on medieval European esthetics through the political and cultural contacts.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Student’s understanding of the materials will be assessed by the daily class discussion and participation along with passing of the four exams.
There will be a weekly reading assignment assessed by in class discussion and participation.
Students will write one long critical research paper for the course along with 2-3 short essay papers on specific topics from the materials of the course.
Each student will develop a presentation based on the research paper and he /she will present it to the class during the last week of the course.
The class will visit the Detroit Institute of Art and tour certain sections related to the Medieval art and materials. Then students will write a report reflecting their gained knowledge from the museum visit.

Texts

Contact the Department for a list of required course materials.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other
Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2015
ILT Approval Date
01/07/2015
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
02/05/2015