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Medieval Art History, Week 2

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Medieval Art History, Week 2 ART 483, Art History

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Arch of Titus, Arch of Constantine, etc.
Medieval Art History
Erica Bittel
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kathryn Mason on Tuesday February 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ART 483, Art History at Fort Hays State University taught by Erica Bittel in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 39 views. For similar materials see Medieval Art History in Art at Fort Hays State University.


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Date Created: 02/23/16
Jan. 25 , 2016 Medieval Art – Chapter 1: Introduction to Medieval Art Textbook Pages 1­12, continued…  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 government  overseen by centralized rule  o And in an effort to appeal to the educated classes, Christians turned to  Greek philosophy  St. Augustine  St. Gregory of Alazianzus  The “Universal Soul”  Arch of Titus, ca. 81 CE, concrete and white marble, Rome, Italy  o Titus’ brother commissioned it  Spoils from the Temple in Jerusalem, relief in the passageway of the Arch of  Titus, ca. 81 CE, marble o Spoils from Jerusalem brought to Rome  Menorah (lamp stand)  Hadrian/Constantine Hunting Boar and Sacrificing to Apollo Constantine  Addressing the Roman People in the Roman Forum from the Arch of Constantine, ca. 130­138 CE, marble, Rome, Italy  Tondi – circular compositions  Arch of Constantine, 312­315 CE, Rome, Italy 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 Septimus Severus was the first to officially acknowledge Christianity o Christians allowed to practice, but not 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 (one God) Christians and Jews 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 Eastern part of the empire Roman Empire West East  Augustus Maximian ­ Caesar  Augustus Diocletian ­ Caesar  Constantine the Great from the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, 325­326  CE, marble, Rome, Italy (40 ft tall)


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