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‘Living in a material world’: Making and Meaning in Medieval Art

Monday 3 October 2022, 7.00PM to 9:00pm

Speaker(s): Roisin Astell BA MSt

In this course, we will encounter medieval objects back in their original contexts, ones that promote dynamic experiences requiring viewer participation. We will examine these objects through the lens of materiality, exploring how it affects meaning and significance. Throughout this course we will encounter works of art ranging from precious reliquaries made from ornate gems and gold and small ivory sculptures that warm to the touch, to iridescent mosaics that glitter in Byzantine churches. Each session will be devoted to a particular theme and focus on a variety of medieval objects, including illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, architecture, sculpture, painted altarpieces, and metalwork. Together we will examine objects from different geographical regions, including Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and Islamic worlds.

Tutor: Roisin Astell BA MSt

Term: Autumn

Day: Monday

Start Date: 3 October 2022

Time: 7-9pm

No. of weeks: 10

Full fee: £99 

This course will be delivered via Zoom. Students joining the course will need access to a computer, laptop or tablet with a microphone (essential) and a webcam (desirable), as well as a reliable broadband connection.


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