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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students consider the art and architecture of Europe in the Middle Ages starting in the Dark Ages, when the Roman Empire had declined, in the face of barbarian invasions. We analyse selected examples of the art of these barbarian peoples. The career of Gregory the Great spans the end of the ancient Roman world and the early Middle Ages. The rise of Islam in the seventh century led to the Muslim conquest of Spain and the subsequent campaigns of reconquest. From the tenth century the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela was most popular. The monks of Cluny promoted the pilgrimage. Students will look in detail at the Romanesque and early Gothic art and architecture to be found along the pilgrim routes through France and Spain, and at the art and architecture associated with monasteries.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDiane Kirkby

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Prerequisites 30 credit points of second-year History and/or Art History


Incompatible subjects ARH2MEU

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is only available as a fully on-line subject. Offered subject to sufficient enrolments.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMedieval art: painting, sculpture, architecture, fourth to fourteenth century,RecommendedSnyder, J.H.N. ABRAMS 1989
ReadingsMonasteries of Western EuropeRecommendedBraunfels, W.THAMES AND HUDSON 1972
ReadingsRomanesque artRecommendedPetzold, A.H. N. ABRAMS 1995
ReadingsThe Cult of the Saints: its rise and function in Latin Christianity,RecommendedBrown, P.UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS 1981
ReadingsThe Medieval Cult of the SaintsRecommendedAbou-El-Haj, B.CUP 1997
ReadingsThe Pilgrim's guide to Santiago de Compostela,RecommendedShaver-Crandell, A. and Gerson, P.HARVEY MILLER 1993
ReadingsThe formation of ChristendomRecommendedHerrin, J.PHOENIX PRESS PAPERBACK 2001

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