This course introduces the exciting and mysterious art and architecture of the medieval Mediterranean world. It moves from the earliest and secret Christian paintings of subterranean Rome to the eclectic arts of Byzantium from Istanbul and Venice to Egypt and Georgia. We will explore the intimate connection between art and its environments, whether on holy mountains or in remote caves and deserts, and we will confront images and objects once believed to possess the power of legendary figures and the magical properties of rare materials. Additionally, the course will introduce major monuments in relation to the phenomena of medieval pilgrimage, ritual, healing, and authority.
Professor Ravi Binning
In person Tues & Thurs 12:45 - 2:05 p.m.