This course focuses on the major monuments, artists and artistic developments in Western Europe during the medieval and renaissance periods. Spanning the years from 400 AD to 1550 AD, the course begins with Rome’s fall, and goes on to consider Rome’s legacy, the rise of the Byzantine Empire, and the spread of Christianity and Islam. It continues with the flowering of Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque and Gothic cultures in Western Europe. The term finishes with a treatment of the Renaissance, culminating in the works of Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Holbein and Dürer.
Covering painting, sculpture, architecture, manuscript illumination and the decorative arts, the course aims to define elements of artistic style and to track the evolution of individual, regional and period styles. Students will, furthermore, examine artworks and artistic movements in the context of political, economic, religious, intellectual and social history, in an attempt to better understand the creation, function and reception of art.
Note: Students will choose either ARH 314: History of World Architecture I or ARH 205: History of Western Art II