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 1 Charlemagne and the Carolingian Renaissance
Charlemagne and the synthesis of barbarian, Irish, and classical traditions; learning at the court of the Holy Roman Empire in Aachen; Palace Chapel at Aachen, Irish illuminated manuscripts, Coronation Gospels, Ottonian Gospel Book of Otto III.