Morehead State University

ART 362
Medieval Art

Articles for The Paper

In order to help you gather relevant sources for your paper, I have selected, photocopied, and placed on reserve certain articles and book chapters most helpful for each topic. There are also some books from our library, and suggestions for books for you to request from InterLibrary Loan (also called ILL). Finally, our library has several online journals, which you can read and print out at your leisure. Here the titles are listed and described.

First Paper: from Late Antiquity to Early Art in the West

  1. Depictions of Christ in Art A basic way to approach this topic is to look at art from the earliest known examples-- the Catacombs--to about the 8th century. Look also at the Catacomb articles if you are especially interested in the first images of Christ. Remember our course ends circa 1300; don't go beyond that date.

    Ernst Kitzinger. Early Medieval Art: with illustrations from the British Museum... 1983. 709.02k62E.

    Peter Lasko. Ars Sacra. 709.02L345A.

    Walter Lowrie. Art in the Early Church. N.Y. 1947, 1965. 709.L921A 1965.

    Jaroslav Peliken. Illustrated Jesus through the centuries. New Haven, 1997. 232.904 P384i

  2. The Catacombs and their Art

    Thomas Buser. "Early catacomb iconography and apocalypticism." Studies in iconography, 6.1980, p. 3-15 .

    Kathleen Enz Finken. "An Early Christian construction of time : Salvation History in the Catacomb of Callistus in Rome." In: Symbols of time in the history of art. Christian Heck, ed., p. 57-68.

    Andre Grabar. Early Christian art; from the rise of Christianity to the death of Theodosius. New York, [1968] 709.02 G727E.

    Walter Lowrie. Art in the Early Church. N.Y. 1947, 1965. 709.L921A 1965.

  3. Dura-Europos
    Dura-Europos has proven to be a fascinating site with remains from many cultures. Just outlining the discoveries and what we seem to be able to learn from them would be a good paper.

    Gates, M. "Dura-Europos: a fortress of Syro-Mesopotamian art." Biblical Archaeologist, v. 47 (September 1984) p. 166-81 ONLINE JOURNAL

    The Image in the ancient and early Christian worlds [5 article special issue]. In: Art History v. 17 (March 1994) p. 1-102 ONLINE JOURNAL

  4. The Development of the Basilica and / or the central-plan church
    As it says, you could write about one or the other, or discuss how both types came to be. This will probably be an elaboration, with your choice of details, of portions of my lectures on the subject.

    Richard Krautheimer. Early Christian and Byzantine architecture. Baltimore, [1965]. 723.1 K91E

    Wolfgang Lotz. Studies in Italian Renaissance architecture. Cambridge/Mass. 1977. See especially: "Notes on the Centralized Church of the Renaissance", 66-73.

    Walter Lowrie. Art in the Early Church. N.Y. 1947, 1965. 709.L921A 1965.

    Robert Milburn. Early Christian art and architecture. Berkeley, 1988. 709.02 M638E

  5. Byzantine Women, Theodora especially
    As you can see, there is plenty of material, and you get to contemplate beautiful paintings, mosaics, and even textiles, if you're ambitious.

    Irina Andreescu Treadgold ; Warren Treadgold. "Procopius and the imperial panels of S. Vitale." The Art Bulletin, 79.1997, p. 708-723. On Reserve. We also have this journal on the shelf.

    Giuseppe Bovini. Ravenna. NY, 1973. Oversize. 709.4547 B783R.
    A book to look at to get a fuller sense of the art.

    Robert Browning. Justinian and Theodora. NY 1971. 949.501 B885J.
    The history.

    Anne McClanan. Representations of Early Byzantine empresses : image and empire. New York : Palgrave, 2002. Order through ILL

    Procopius. History of the Wars and The Secret History. (On the Web site)
    You could certainly elaborate your discussion of what a Byzantine Empress was like in a nice compare-and-contrast of Procopius' treatment of J and T in these two works.

  6. The Animal Style
    Remember the Animal Style is not just Scythian Art--look at Celtic Art as well.

    Art of the Steppes. [Translated by Ann E. Keep.] 709.3951 J58A

    Bunker, Emma. Animal Style Art from East to West. New York, 1970.

    Artamonov, M. I. The Splendor of Scythian Art. NY 1969. Oversize 739.A7845S.

    From the lands of the Scythians : ancient treasures from the museums of the U.S.S.R., 3000 B.C.-100 B.C. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 739.0939 F931

    Jacobson, Esther. The Art of the Scythians: The Interpenetration of Cultures at the Edge of the Hellenic World. Leiden, 1995. See also the Web site of Esther Jacobson-Tepfer, an important art historian of this subject.

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