Medieval Studies at Florida State University is explored across many disciplines, including Art History. Graduate students who specialize in Medieval Art may also enjoy participating in FSU’s interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Association and in Vagantes (FSU hosted Vagantes in 2009), a traveling conference for graduate students studying any area of the Middle Ages.
Medieval and Islamic Art and Architecture
Byzantine and Islamic Art and Architecture
Medieval Art and Architecture, Museum & Cultural Heritage Studies
Graduate students generally enroll for 5000-level coursework. Many of these courses are tutorials linked to the parallel 4000-level undergraduate course. It is the general practice that students attend undergraduate lectures as well as fulfill the particular requirements for the 5000-level tutorial.
Considering the area of the Mediterranean world, with emphasis on the cities of Rome and Ravenna, and focusing on the period included between 4th and 6th centuries A.D., the course will trace the pivotal mainstreams of visual art determined by the crisis of the Roman Empire and the birth of a specific Christian art. Lectures will examine the dialogue/contrast between pagan and Christian art, by paying a particular attention to the mechanisms and to the strategies of translation and transformation of visual languages. The structure of the course will be, thus, centered on lines of internal communication (among different social, political and religious spheres) and of geographical communication (between Western and Eastern Empires).
This course will explore Byzantine art and architecture from the rise of Christianity in the 2nd and 3rd centuries to the end of the 6th century. We will explore the topic through the strong personalities who helped shape it. Imperial rulers, who often fought hard to come to power, had a vested interest in projecting a given image of their authority; other people who commissioned art had their own distinct agendas in mind.
Considers the development of the uses of art in the European Middle Ages, from Barbarian metal work to the acceptance of the classical tradition to the first mature pan-European art of Romanesque architecture and sculpture. Topics of special interest include pilgrimage, imperial imagery, manuscripts and monasteries.
Generally called Gothic art, this course includes the cathedrals and their sculpture built by bishops and towns, as well as the castles, sumptuous arts and manuscripts commissioned by princes and lords. Topics of special interest include the Black Death, devotional art, civic expression and the arts of the courts.
In addition to these “linked” tutorials, the Department also offers traditional graduate seminars in which students work closely with the professor in small groups. Students may take up to nine (9) semester hours of ARH 6292, Topics in Medieval Art. The subjects of these seminars are varied; recent Medieval seminars include:
Medieval London: Focuses on the role of London in the later Medieval Ages through an examination of art, architecture and poetry.
Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts: History of book illustration in Western Europe
Medieval Jerusalem: Examines the art and architecture of Jerusalem from the reign of Herod to Ottoman domination.
Chartres: Explores the history of Chartres Cathedral and its importance to High Gothic architecture.