DR JESSICA BARKER
By what means did medieval artworks delight and persuade their viewers? With a particular focus on scale, this MA Special Option explores the embodied experience of medieval art. The autumn will be themed around artworks that might be defined as “miniature” (rings, reliquaries, microarchitecture, seals, books of hours), while the spring term focus on the “monumental” (towers, tombs, giants, portals, cathedrals).
Encompassing a chronology from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries and a broad geographic scope, this course aims to ask new questions of old objects, reconsidering some of the most famous artworks of the Middle Ages as well as discovering others long overlooked.