From House Churches to Medieval Cathedrals: Christian Art and Architecture from the 3rd Century to the End of Gothic

Fall 2017
T 1:30-3:20pm
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course examines the art associated with, or related to Christianity from its origins to the end of Gothic.  It will analyze major artistic monuments and movements in a variety of regions, paying particular attention to how art shapes and is shaped by the social and historical circumstances of the period and culture. The class will consider art in diverse media, focusing on painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts.  It will include trips to the Yale Art Gallery and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The course aims at familiarizing the students with key monuments of Christian architecture, sculpture, painting, and minor related arts, analyzing each within its own particular socio-cultural perspective.

The course stresses the importance of looking at works of art closely and in context, and encourages students to develop their skills of close observation and critical visual analysis.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to examine the ways parallel developments in Christian theology, dogma, and liturgy influence and are influenced by art.  Regular readings from the text will be complemented by in-depth class lectures and discussions.

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%