Explore the art and architecture of the Middle Ages through four transformational moments in history. Dazzling early Christian mosaics, sumptuous Carolingian illuminated manuscripts, sculpted Romanesque church facades, and soaring Gothic cathedrals give artistic expression to an astonishing variety of beliefs and practices, as well as reflect a unified purpose to lead the human spirit toward a vision of eternal life.
Independent art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the art of the thousand-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance and its relationship to a diverse society infused with faith and spirituality.
November 15 The 12th-Century Renaissance and the Gothic Cathedral
The rise of Gothic art and architecture in the area around Paris, supported by French kings and bishops and inspired by technological innovations and intellectual discoveries from cathedral schools and visionary churchmen such as Suger of St. Denis and Bernard of Clairvaux; Chartres Cathedral, Reims Cathedral, St.-Pierre in Beauvais.