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Medieval Art History, Week 1

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Medieval Art History, Week 1 ART 483, Art History

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These notes are from the second day of class and our first day of note taking.
Medieval Art History
Erica Bittel
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Date Created: 02/01/16
Jan. 22 , 2016 Medieval Art – Chapter 1: Introduction to Medieval Art Textbook Pages 1­12 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  o This period has also been referred to as the “Dark Ages”  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  The Medieval period ended in the 15  century with the discovery of the Americas  by Portuguese navigators  o 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’s birth to be the beginning of a new era o Know as Anno Domini, or AD o Today, we refer to the time after Jesus’s 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 – Saint Paul’s letters to the new Christians o Acts of the Apostles – Documents Christianity as a religion o Book of Revelation – Describes the end of earthly time with the  apocalypse  Vulgate – Latin, St. 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 – 25 houses; known to have existed in Rome The Early Christian Church  A more elaborate worship service evolved in the 4  century o The service was divided into two parts: o Liturgy of the Word  ­ Open to the public o 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 o Baptristy, spate building representing death and rebirth  Christians utilize two different types of time – historical and liturgical th o The Western Christian liturgical year is based on Christmas (Dec. 25 ) 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  The Public Ministry Cycle  The Passion Cycle  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 rd  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 Dec. 25  to celebrate the birth of Christ


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