Christian Art and Architecture from the Renaissance to the Present (13th-21st centuries)

REL947
Spring 2018
W 1:30-3:20pm
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course examines art associated with, or related to Christianity from the 13th to the 21st centuries. Analyzing major artistic monuments and movements in a variety of regions, the course pays particular attention to how art shapes and is shaped by the social and historical circumstances of the period and culture. The course aims to familiarize the students with key monuments of Christian architecture, sculpture, painting, and related arts, examining each within its own particular socio-cultural and theological perspective. The course stresses the close observation and critical visual analysis. Additionally, students will be encouraged to examine the ways developments in Christian theology, doctrine, and liturgical practice interact with visual and material arts. Regular readings from the text will be complemented by in-depth class lectures and discussions. Special attention will be given to examples of Christian art and architecture in the greater New haven area.

Background Expected: 

Basic knowledge of Christian History

Familiarity with the Bible

Course Requirements: 

Weekly readings; Midterm exam; Final exam; Final paper (5-8 pp)

Basis of Evaluation: 

Final paper: 30%

Midterm: 30%

Final: 40%