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Medieval Art History Week 2 Notes

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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 o The use of December 25 to celebrate the birth of Christ  Christianity became a major religion within the Roman Empire, and as a result, it needed an organized governing structure and a coherent philosophy o The church adopted the Roman imperial model – Provincial governments overseen by centralized rule – also had a tithe o And in an effort to appeal to the educated classes, Christians turned to Greek philosophy  St. Augustine - West  St. Gregory of Nazianzus - East  The “Universal Soul” = believed that the soul could be in Earthly and spiritual realms  Arch of Titus, ca. 81 CE, concrete and white marble, Rome Italy o  Spoils from the Temple of Jerusalem, relief in the passageway of the Arch of Titus, ca. 81 CE, marble o  Hadrian/Constantine Hunting Boar and Sacrificing to Apollo Constantine Addressing the Roman People in the Roman Forum from the Arch of Constantine, ca. 130-138 CE, marble, Rome o o Tondi = Circular composition Classical vs. Medieval Art  Greek artists observed nature and then attempted to create idealized representations  Roman artists worked in a more realistic or naturalistic style  Medieval art is characterized by a sense of expressionism and abstraction that is not necessarily related to visual appearances Christianity in the Roman Empire  Emperor Septimius Severus was the first to officially acknowledge Christianity o Christians allowed to practice, but not the convert others  Under Gallienus, Christianity became a “permitted religion”  Diocletian required citizens to make sacrifices only to Jupiter, the Roman gods, and the deified emperors o Monotheistic Christians and Jew were imprisoned and often executed as martyrs for their faith  Emperor Diocletian completely reorganized the governing structure of the vast Roman Empire o Devised a form of government called a tetrarchy or “rule of four” o Required that each Augustus, one from the East and one from the West, designate a subordinate and heir, both holding the title of Caesar o Eventually Constantine (a “Caesar” in the tetrarchy) gained control of both the western and the eastern parts of the Empire o Roman Empire  West  Augustus Maximian Caesar  East  Augustus Diocletian Caesar  Constantine the Great from the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, 325-326 CE, marble, Rome o  Arch of Constantine, 312-315 CE, Rome o o The style is changing in this time period – He is saying this is the art of the people – he is looking out at his people o Constantine absorbed power of past rulers by taking elements from other monuments and carving his own face on it – equating his reign with reigns of past emperors  Hierarchic Scale ----- relative size = relative importance  Christianity Under Constantine o In the year 313, Constantine issued the Edict of Milan  Archetype of religious toleration  It allowed Christians as well as the followers of other religious faiths, to practice whatever form of worship they chose  Christianity Under Theodosius o The Pax Romana (Roman Peace) that existed under Constantine, dissipated upon his death  When Theodosius became emperor in 379 CE, steps were once again taken to re-stabilize the Roman Empire  Theodosius was determined to unify his subjects through religion  Established Christianity as the sole religion of the empire  Official art continues to represent the emperor in a god-like superhuman manner  Missorium of Theodosius, 388 CE, Found in Estremadura, Spain o o We know he is important because he is the biggest, centered, and has a double halo (one glow around his head and the rounded arch above his head) o This is secular (not religions)  Christianity Under Theodosius o Theodosius also established the Roman capital at Constantinople o At the same time, the city of Rome was experiencing political and economic decline  Remained the administrative center of the Western Church  To counter outside threats, the government in the West relocated from Rome to Milan  Under the direction of the bishop, St. Ambrose  And the capital later moved to Ravenna  In the year 410 CE, Rome fell to the Gothic invaders Chapter 2 The Early Christian Period Jewish and Christian Art Before Constantine  Both Christians and Jews separated themselves from the official Roman religious practices of the period – most notably, the worship of images of multiple gods  As a result, the study of early Jewish and Christian art is dependent, for the most part, on funerary art  Paintings and some sculpture have been found in underground cemeteries known as catacombs o Loculi = niches carved into the walls of the catacombs o Cubicula = small chambers used for funerary rituals  Catacomb of Priscilla, 3 century, Rome o rd  Cubiculum of the Veiled Lady, Catacomb of Priscilla (reproduction of ceiling). 3 century, Rome o “The Good Shepard” is in the middle  Teacher and Pupils, Orant, and Woman and Child, Cubiculum of the veiled Lady, Catacomb of Priscilla, 3 century, wall painting in a lunette, Rome o rd  The Good Shepard, Cubiculum of the veiled lady, Catacomb of Priscilla, 3 century, wall painting, Rome o  Jonah is Vomited Out, Cubiculum of the Veiled Lady, Catacomb Priscilla, 3 century, wall painting in a lunette, Rome o rd  The Sacrifice of Isaac, Cubiculum of the veiled lady, Catacomb of Priscilla, 3 century, wall painting, Rome o Jewish and Christian Art Before Constantine  Palm leaf = victory  Dove = the holy spirit  Anchor = hope  The cross was typically disguised as the mast of Jonah’s ship, an anchor, or as the Egyptian Ankh  The fish was a symbol of Christ o The disciples as “fishers of men” o Baptism rd  The Story of Jonah, 3 century, marble o rd  Christ/Helios Mausoleum of the Julii, 3 century, mosaic, Vatican o - Vines are symbolic of Christ’s blood  Sarcophagus of Junis Bassus, ca. 359, marble, Vatican o o This is significant because many people in this time couldn’t read, they used things like this to understand the stories in the bible o The carvers were concerned with 2 major themes:  1. The guarantee of salvation  2. The triumph of the Roman Christian church 


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