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ART_HIST_225-0 : Introduction to Medieval Art (Normore): Course Description

Subject Specialist

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Cara List
Art Collection
Deering Library, 3rd Floor
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208

Library Assistant

Perry Nigro

Drop-in Office Hours:

Monday 1-2PM at Kresge Cafe
Wednesday 2-3PM at Kresge Cafe


Course Description

This course offers an introduction to major artistic monuments and artistic developments of the medieval period (roughly 300-1450 CE) with a focus on Europe. It surveys a diverse range of works of art and architecture from this period and positions them within their original social, political, economic and spiritual contexts. Lectures and discussion sections will trace the shifting ways in which images were defined and perceived over time and consider how the flow of objects and styles linked Europeans to broader world systems. We will also identify key moments in the birth and development of architectural forms still common today such as churches and mosques. Students will develop skills in visual analysis and gain a basic understanding of the methods and aims of art historical study.

Luttrell Psalter
Psalm 106; grotesques
England (East Anglia)

c. 1325-1335CE
British Library Add MS 42130