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First Week of Notes for Medieval Art History

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First Week of Notes for Medieval Art History
Medieval Art History
Erica Bittel
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FHSU, Fort Hays State University




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Date Created: 01/22/16
Medieval Art History Spring 2016 Test 1 Notes Introduction to Medieval Art The Medieval Period and The Middle Ages  The Middle Ages was a period of about one thousand years o Viewed by Renaissance scholars as a sort of interlude or period of decline o The period occurred after the times of Classical Greece and Rome and before the revival of learning which emerged during the Renaissance  This period has also been referred to as the “Dark Ages” th  The Medieval period began in the 4 century with the battle of the Milvian Bridge o Roman Emperor Constantine o The Christian monogram, the Chi Rho – on their shields  The Medieval period ended in the 15 century with the discovery of the Americas by Portuguese navigators o Sailed the water with the Cross of the Order of the Knights of Christ  Chi Rho = Cross of the Order of the Knights of Christ = The Early Christian Church and the Bible  Followers of Christianity declared Jesus’ birth to be the beginning of a new era o Known as Anno Domini or AD o Today we refer to the time after Jesus’ birth as the Common Era or CE  The Jewish scriptures form the foundation of what Christians call the Old Testament  The central tenets of Christianity are contained within the New Testament o Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John o Epistles - St. Paul’s letters to the newly-formed Christian communities o Acts of the Apostles - documents the establishment of Christianity as an organized religion o Book of Revelation - St. John’s description of the Apocalypse  Vulgate = Latin edition of the Bible translated by Saint Jerome  Early forms of Christian worship were very simple  Jesus gathered with his apostles for the Jewish Feast of the Passover o When Jesus defined the bread and wine as his own body and blood, he established the sacrament of Holy Communion o Tituli = official Christian homes where members of the faith reenacted the Last Supper  There were about 25 official homes in Rome where this happened – turned into a ritual after – this is how communion got started  A more elaborate worship service evolved in the 4 century o The service was divided into 2 parts:  Liturgy of the Word  Open to the public  Liturgy of the Eucharist  Open only to initiates  Transubstantiation – when the bread and wine miraculously become the flesh and blood of Christ  Another important ritual in the early Catholic Church was the initiation ceremony of baptism o Like other Church rituals, it evolved into an elaborate, formal ceremony presided over by the head of the Christian community, the bishop o In baptism, the initiates symbolically “died” and were reborn in Christ  Christians utilize two different types of time: Historical and Liturgical o The Western Christian liturgical year is based on Christmas (December 25 ) th o The Eastern Christian Orthodox liturgical year is based on Easter o Events in the Gospels are typically grouped into 3 “cycles:”  The Marian (or Nativity) cycle – (Christmas events)  The Public Ministry of Cycle – (the miracles Jesus performed)  The Passion Cycle – (The death of Jesus)  In the Early years of Christianity, rival religions influenced the development of the Christian faith o Religious cults incorporated music, incense, and sacred imagery into their rituals o Christians adopted many of these elements into the Mass to enhance the emotional power and immediacy of their worship, as well  By the 3 Century, monotheistic cults and religions such as Zoroastrianism, Mithraism, and Sol Invictus (meaning triumphant sun), spread throughout the empire  The influence of such monotheistic faiths on Christianity is evident in the following: o The designation of Sunday as the Christian sacred day th o The use of December 25 to celebrate the birth of Christ 


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