DU1702 Periods of Art History II: Middle Ages, Migration and the Birth of Europe

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
2/4/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught partially online.
prof. Ivan Foletti, MA, Docteur ès Lettres (lecturer)
Bc. Michaela Váňová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. Ivan Foletti, MA, Docteur ès Lettres
Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
each odd Friday 9:00–12:40 K31
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The lecture is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the medieval artistic culture. Based on the traditional periodization, it will focus on European art from III. to XV. century AD. The course will be embedded in a chronological approach, but the themes around which it develops, are broader in nature, ranging from traditional iconographic and stylistic study of social issues through art history, to the analysis of anthropological and sociological nature. Emphasis will be on asset among other medieval works of art versatility in an attempt to break the cliches about the superiority of sculpture and painting. (Special attention will be given the most valuable example of medieval engineering, goldsmith, but also a carving of ivory or wood carvings). We will focus also on the interaction of different techniques in medieval vekých projects. The aim of this lecture is to familiarize students with the first insight into the medieval creation and ask fundamental questions about the methodology field. Ride is pochopnení complexity vizálního medieval world.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to:
- Identify and summarize important features of major periods of Western art history;
- have a critically approach the traditional periodization of art history;
- produce a research and critical work about selected artefacts of the history of medieval art;
  • - Introduction: methodological questions and art of catacombs. - Early Christian art after 312: pagan traditions and the Christian world (Rome, Ravenna, Naples, Jerusalem, Constantinople, ...). - From the portrait to the icon: figurative work from VI to VIII century. - Classic, anti-classical and "perennial Hellenism": figurative work from VI to VIII century. - Looking East: Byzantium but also Islam. - Time of Charlemagne: intellectual creations? (IX.-X. century) - Ottonian art, West and East. (X.-XI. century) - "Rebirth" of monumental sculpture, 1050-1150. - Painting the High Middle Ages (1050-1200). - France, Germany and the "Gothic": History and Myth (1144-1270). - Nicola and Giovanni Pisano: two generations and two worlds. - Giotto and his school. - During the reign of Father of the Nation: the art of XIV. century in Bohemia. - Gentile da Fabriano, "International Gothic" and the end of the Middle Ages ....
  • Jean-Pierre Caillet [et al.], L'art du Moyen-Age : Occident, Byzance, Islam, Paris 1995
  • Richard Krautheimer, "Introduction to an 'Iconography of medieval architecture', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 5 (1942), pp. 1-33.
  • KESSLER, Herbert L. Seeing medieval art. Ontario: Broadview Press, 2004. 256 s. ISBN 1551115352. info
  • NEES, Lawrence. Early medieval art. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. 272 s. ISBN 0192842439. info
  • KESSLER, Herbert L. Spiritual seeing : picturing God's invisibility in medieval art. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000. xiii, 265. ISBN 0812235606. info
  • BELTING, Hans. Bild und Kult : eine Geschichte des Bildes vor dem Zeitalter der Kunst. 2., unveränderte Aufl. München: C.H.Beck, 1991. 700 s. ISBN 3406343678. info
  • BELTING, Hans. The image and its public in the Middle Ages : form and function of early paintings of the Passion. Translated by Mark C. Bartusis - Raymond Meyer. New Rochelle, New York: Aristide D. Caratzas, 1990. viii, 298. ISBN 0892414030. info
Teaching methods
Interactive lecture, theoretical preparation, individual work, first steps of a individual researches, output: oral test of the general knowledge of the medieval art.
Assessment methods
Oral test of the general knowledge of the medieval art.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
General note: Předmět je povinný spolu s dalšími souvisejícími a navazujícími kurzy propedeutického roku: DU0106 Epochy dějin umění I DU0108 Epochy dějin umění III DU0109 Epochy dějin umění IV.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Pro studenty dějin umění "Completus" nebo "Maior", musí být přednáška absolvována v prvním roce
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021.
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