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FAH101H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Globus Cruciger, Codex Amiatinus, Lindisfarne Gospels

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FAH 216- Later Medieval Art and Architecture (May 10, 2016)
What is Medieval Art and Architecture?
Can be referred to as Gothic Art and Architecture
Heavily focused on religion, an important aspect of this era
The era used to be referred to as the “Dark Ages”
Devoid of social culture
On the timeline, located in the middle of the Roman Empire and Renaissance, which is the rebirth of
classical antiquities
The term “medieval” did not exist during this time (term was created by contemporary scholars)
What are the major themes of Medieval Art and Architecture?
The legacy of Classical Rome in medieval Europe
Cultural exchange of Eastern and Western cultures
Traditionalism vs. Innovation
Relationship between art, religion and politics
Intro to visual narratives: the combination of art and storytelling
Agency and art making: gender, class and patronage
The audience for medieval art: public vs private context
Roman Empire, ca. 31 BC – AD 330
Frame of Medieval Art and Architecture
Prominent figure: Augustus (Legitimize his role of leader during this era)
Heavily influenced by the Ancient Greece (Source of inspiration for the Romans)
Western history centered on the birth of Christ
Comparison between Polykleitos and Augustus of Prima Porta (What’s different between these two
Polykleitos is naked while Augustus is clothed in military armour
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