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ART-411-20, Expl W/Art: Medieval Architec (SU14)

 INSTRUCTOR: Domenico Firmani        

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME:  T1/Tuesdays/06:00-08:45 PM, 05/27/2014-06/24/2014

CONTENT:

A survey of the history and development of the architecture produced in Medieval Western Europe from the late Roman prototypes, to the advent of the Renaissance. Lectures will cover the major building types, the architectural systems employed, how the structures were utilized, and how decoration was applied. This examination of the architecture of Medieval Europe will utilized in an examination of these styles as they are reflected in the architecture of Baltimore and vicinity. We will apply the criteria of the medieval models to structures in Baltimore that were modeled after medieval examples, or use similar forms.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

-Learn the major architectural styles and structures of Medieval Western Europe.

-Understand the relationship of the medieval forms to modern applications.

-Deal with the applications as they appear in Baltimore structures.

METHODS:

Classroom slide lectures on basic concepts. Student participation.

Reading assignments.

Possible trips to Baltimore area locations to study the structures; this will allow students to examine the works firsthand.

ASSIGNMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS:

Readings in assigned texts.

On-site analysis by student of a medieval style structure.

Research paper.

Quiz and final exam.

REQUIRED TEXTS: 

Calkins, Robert. Medieval Architecture in Western Europe, 1998.

Dorsey, John. A Guide to Baltimore Architecture. Schiffer Publishers, 3rd edition. (optional)

OTHER MATERIALS REQUIRED:

None

RECOMMENDED READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Members of the class should read chapters 1-4 in Calkins.