History of Art 8401 - VISUAL CULTURES OF MONASTICISM IN MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE EUROPE

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VISUAL CULTURES OF MONASTICISM IN MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE EUROPE
Professor Karl Whittington

Monasteries were a key site for the production of Medieval and Renaissance European culture. They were major venues for learning, preaching, devotion, and the production of works of art across numerous media: paintings, sculptures, reliquaries, manuscripts, and architecture. This course discusses the unique modes for making and viewing art that developed in these cloistered monastic settings. Issues explored include the production of art by and for medieval monastic women; the physical interaction between viewers and art objects within the monastery; the relationship between visionary experiences and visual culture; the simultaneous rejection and embrace of the body as a site of meaning in monastic culture; and issues of monastic authority and identity. We will explore examples from both Northern Europe (particularly Germany) and Southern Europe (particularly Italy) from the 7th to the 16th centuries.
 

SPRING 2020
Class # 33042
MONDAYS 2:15-5:00 | Pomerene Hall 236