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 8 Monastic Reform and Public Piety Around 1100
The meeting of monastic spirituality and the public cult of the saints in the great Romanesque monasteries and pilgrimage churches of Europe during the 12th century; the cloister of Santo Domingo de Silos, the sculptured tympanum at Ste. Foi in Conques, St. Mary Magdalene in Vézelay, jeweled reliquaries and shrines.