Object Lessons: Art at the Courts of France and Burgundy in the 14th and 15th centuries

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MA History of Art Special Option

Object Lessons: Art at the Courts of France and Burgundy in the 14th and 15th centuries

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Detail of central lower section of ‘Ghent Alarpiece’, 1432, Jan van Eyck, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium.
Detail of central lower section of ‘Ghent Alarpiece’, 1432, Jan van Eyck, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium.
Detail of central lower section of ‘Ghent Alarpiece’, 1432, Jan van Eyck, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium.
Detail of central lower section of ‘Ghent Alarpiece’, 1432, Jan van Eyck, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium.

Course Leader: Professor Susie Nash

This course will investigate objects made at the courts of France and Burgundy in the 14th and 15th century, a period when these centres led Europe in the production of luxury goods. By looking across media from metalwork to manuscripts, panel painting to sculpture, it will consider questions of scale as well as material and technique, how these complex works were crafted, what they cost, how they were used. At the heart of this is close looking, a consideration of their physical evidence as well as their often eventful trajectories through time. The aim is to teach an art history that puts the object at the centre, and builds questions in widening circles from them, using a body of rich documentary sources in tandem with technical and physical analysis.

 

 

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