ART 228 / HLS 228 / MED 228 / HUM 228

Art and Power in the Middle Ages

Charlie Barber and Mathilde Sauquet

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The course explores how art worked in politics and religion from ca. 300-1200 CE in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Students encounter the arts of Catholicism and Orthodoxy, Judaism and Islam, great courts and migratory societies; dynamics of word and image, multilingualism, intercultural connection, and local identity. We examine how art can represent
and shape notions of sacred and secular power. We consider how the work of ‘art’ in this period is itself powerful and, sometimes, dangerous. Course format combines lecture on various cultural contexts with workshop discussion focused on specific media and materials, or individual examples.

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