* ART 207
/ MED 207
/ HLS 207
- Spring 2011-2012
Medieval Art and Architecture of the Holy Land
Focuses on medieval art and architecture in the political and religious contexts of the Middle East. The three monotheistic religions claimed territories (i.e. Jerusalem) for cult practices. The situation resulted in military conflicts which introduced Western Medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic art in the Holy Land. The political conflicts in the region today are rooted in the complex situation of the medieval period. The Roman, Arab, Byzantine, and crusader invasions led to the creation of eclectic styles that characterize the region. We discuss concepts behind political and religious leadership, as they intersect with the power of the arts.
Sample reading list:
Crusader Art in the Holy Land, From the Third Crusade
Oleg Grabar and Benjamin Z. Kedar,
Where Heaven and Earth Meet: Jerusalem's Sacred Esplanade
Crusader Art of the Twelfth Century
The Architecture of Herod, the Great Builder
Contested Holiness: Jewish, Muslim, & Christian Perspective
Frank E. Peters,
The Distant Shrine: The Islamic Centuries in Jerusalem
Writing assignments: There will be 2 short writing assignments. 1: Bibliography (1 page) and summary of a scholarly text (3-4 pages) on a subject which is related to the lectures of the course. 2: research paper on a work of art or architecture related to the lectures of the course (6 pages); specific instructions will be posted on Blackboard. Assignments are due in precepts of week 4 and 10. There will be a Take Home Exam.
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 40%
Precept Participation - 10%
For department majors, satisfies medieval/early Islamic distribution requirement.
Class number: 42770