Daniele Di Lodovico
ART H 309
This course will introduce you to some topics of Western art in the period known as the Middle Ages. Starting from the vision and analysis of movies about the Middle Ages we will consider different artworks that represent a range of topics such as death, devotion, religious order, devil, daily life, role of the artists, mystical vision, illuminated manuscripts, representation of the body and sex. We will study this material in its historical context and explore how these subjects were represented, perceived, used and considered by medieval man and woman. Issues that are going to be explored are materiality, rituality, cult and the role of art making in different settings.
Student learning goals
Identify the function of the artworks through time. Understand and explain how these artworks were used and how they affected people in different ways and the interaction between these artworks and the viewer.
Critically analyze works of art in discussion and in writing, using your analysis to develop and advance your own ideas about the way that these topics were represented in art during the Middle Ages
General method of instruction
Illustrated lectures and discussion of assigned readings. Because discussion is an integral part of the course, participation is very important to the success of the class as well as to your grade.
At least one 200-level art history course, preferably 202. This class requires participants to read assigned articles and be able to develop class discussion. Please contact the instructor if you have any question.
Class assignments and grading
Class assignments and grading Two exams and one paper. Readings from e-reserve; review of visual material; writing assignments.
Miderm, Final exam; Final Paper and class participation.