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Early Medieval Art
This course is a chronological survey of the are and architecture of western Europe and Byzantium from the Early Christian period to the rise of the Holy Roman Empire (c. 200-c. 1100 C.E.). Lectures, readings, and discussions will focus on the religious, political, and socioeconomic contexts in which are objects were produced. Important themes of the course include the origins of Christian images, the debate over the place of images in religious worship, the role of patrons and politics, the impact of pilgrimage, the cult of relics and saints, and the changing depiction of Christ.