- Department: History of Art
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Katie Harrison
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
Throughout the medieval period, visual media played a crucial role in transmitting historical, religious and secular stories to diverse audiences. Drawing upon medieval ideas of sight, storytelling and the role of images in devotional practice, we will analyse how audience, material, scale and context affected narrative design in a wide range of media.
|Semester 1 2023-24
Challenging assumptions that medieval pictorial cycles work as simple illustrations of textual models, we will explore how the commissioners and creators of narrative cycles developed innovative visual devices and complex structures to convey meaning, and devised imagery to articulate specific agendas.
This module will explore the transmission of narratives in a wide range of media, from miniature manuscript illustrations to monumental sculptures, textiles, wall paintings and stained-glass windows, adopting a thematic structure.
Drawing upon medieval ideas of sight, storytelling and the role of images in devotional practice, we will analyse how audience, material, scale and context affected narrative design.
We will take advantage of the rich materials available for study at York Minster and local churches, through site visits, as well as drawing upon a diverse range of case studies from across Europe, recognising the interconnected nature of medieval visual culture.
While focusing upon medieval Europe, where possible, we will also explore case studies from the wider world, to enable the comparison of western medieval pictorial traditions with contemporary approaches to narrative in other cultures.
Throughout the module, students will develop their ability to critically analyse pictorial and textual sources, as well as honing communication skills, through discussions, presentations and written work.
By the end of this module, students should be able to:
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