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ART-411 Explorations in Western Art: The Handmade Book

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course investigates and analyzes selected topics in Western art from diverse periods in a seminar format that emphasizes class presentations and discussions.  Students will examine illustrated books and their production in Western Europe before the advent of the printing press in the mid-fifteenth century.  The focus will be on the types of manuscripts made, the materials employed, the make-up and organization of the scriptoria or secular workshops, and how the books were decorated.  Emphasis will be on the decorative forms utilized by the miniaturists.  The course may be taken for credit more than once as the topics vary.  The course fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts.  [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Develop a general understanding of illuminated manuscripts as an art form of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
  2. Discuss how manuscripts were made and who produced them.  Understand the materials used in this production. 
  3. Explore the types of decoration applied to the pages of the texts.
  4. Discuss how the books were utilized in religious and secular applications.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Readings in assigned texts
  2. Formal Analysis by student of manuscript reproduced in text
  3. Research paper
  4. Quiz and final exam

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • Assignments and/or chapter(s) being discussed on the first day of class are indicated in the course syllabus found on the Joule course site and require reading/completion prior to coming to class.