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ARTH 161 — Iconic Artworks of Medieval Europe

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—May 8
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 16
Unit: 1
Tuition: $355
Instructor(s): Diane Zuliani
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 3—May 8
6 weeks
Drop By
Apr 16
1 Unit
Diane Zuliani
The second course in the Iconic Artworks series offers students the opportunity to appreciate dazzling glories of the so-called Dark Ages, to consider in depth an art historical moment when human ingenuity joined hands with devout faith, and European artists sought new, non-Mediterranean—and even non-Western—aesthetic forms after the West broke with its own pagan past. Our visual journey will take us to such grand and sacred destinations as the Hagia Sophia of Constantinople, the Great Mosque of Córdoba, and Romanesque and Gothic churches in Italy and France, and also allow us to contemplate more intimate examples of medieval virtuosity in the form of icons, reliquaries, and manuscripts. Students will be able to witness how the core traits of visual art in the late Roman Empire were entirely remade after the rise and spread of Christianity and the destruction of Rome as a singular capital. In Europe’s reformed worldview, the older Greco-Roman emphasis on naturalistic figures, true portraiture, and grand secular spaces no longer matched cultural priorities. Medieval artists thus eagerly replaced them with dramatically original adaptations in the form of stylized, abstracted, ethereal artworks wrought in all manner of media, and also phased out rational architecture in favor of breathtaking, faith-inspiring otherworldliness.

This is the second course of the four-course Iconic Artwork series. This series includes courses on ancient art (Fall 2018), medieval art (Spring 2019), Renaissance art (Fall 2019), and modern art (Spring 2020). While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Diane Zuliani, Art History Instructor, Chabot College

Diane Zuliani has taught the history of art and photography at Chabot College since 2000. Earlier, she was an educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where for seven years she lectured on the Getty’s regularly changing exhibits of its preeminent photography collection.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.