This series explores the visual arts through an analytical study of monuments and masterworks, including paintings, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts from ancient Greece to the present day. Courses are grouped by period with the goal of establishing visual literacy through in-depth investigations of original works of art. The online class descriptions contain lists of suggested readings (selected original source materials and excerpts from books available at libraries) and films for students to access on their own prior to class; films are available on DVD at libraries or via various internet streaming services. Register for any of the individual in-town lectures or any series that includes in-town lectures plus walking tour. The “Introduction to Visual Literacy” class is strongly recommended as a precursor to any of the subsequent lectures.
This class will focus on Notre Dame, Cathedral of Amiens: The Form, Function and Experience of Gothic Architecture
Readings: Renaud de Cormont, Inscription in the Labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral (1288); Selections from the New Testament: Gospel of St. John, Gospel of St. Matthew, Revelation of St. John the Divine; Suger, Abbot On the Abbey Church of St.-Denis and its Art Treasures; de Voragine, Jacobus, The Golden Legend, Ch. 119, “Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary;” Simpson, Otto von, The Gothic Cathedral: Origins of Gothic Architecture and the Medieval Concept of Order (Princeton University Press 1988), Ch. 1, “Gothic Form” and Ch. 2, “Measure and Light;” Panofsky, Erwin, Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism (Archabbey Press 1957).
Film: Murray, Stephen, and Maurice Luker, The Amiens Trilogy (Crystal Productions 1995).