Medieval Art – ARTS 204

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will survey the range of Medieval Art and Architecture from the fall of Rome to the 15th century in the west, placing an emphasis on the development of painting, mosaic, and manuscript illumination, as well as upon the development of the Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. The arts of this vast period will be analyzed from within the Christian worldview with particular attention to Christian iconography.




The purpose of this course is to broaden your Christian worldview through the examination of Medieval Art and Architecture. The Christian church is the unifying factor for artistic production from the reign of Constantine the Great (c. 500 CE) to the Black Death in the fourteenth century. The church arts that survive are, for the most part, those that served the church and the worshippers, such as paintings, sculpture, Illuminated Bibles, stained-glass windows, and cathedrals. This course reveals a unique opportunity to combine faith, art, and academics in a meaningful and enlightening manner. Your Christian worldview will be enriched by studying the history of divine-inspired human creativity.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. After completing this course, the student will be able to recognize the primary artists, masterpieces and architectural achievements of the Medieval period.
  2. The student will understand and define the major technical developments utilized by these artists.
  3. The student will have learned to contextualize particular artworks within the greater scope of history and western civilization, relating them to the whole of the tradition that comprises this heritage, in theory and practice.

The student will have learned to express his observations and critical opinions concerning the visual arts of the Medieval period via tests, interactive lectures, class discussions, and research papers.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words in length.

Virtual Tours (3)

The student will complete virtual tours through various museums and historic locations. After completing the virtual tour, the student will complete a journal entry based on the tour.

Journal Entries (3)

After completing the virtual tour, the student will complete a journal entry. Each assignment requires a Journal Entry of at least 400 words and must contain at least one citation in current MLA format. The citation must be an academic, peer-reviewed article or book from the Jerry Falwell Library online databases. The citation cannot include the Bible, textbook, the tour website, or non-academic websites.

Case Study Projects (2)

The student will complete projects based on in-depth analyses of themes and/or art objects studied in this course. Each Case Study will comprise a PowerPoint presentation with images and written descriptions and/or short essays based on the particular project instructions.

Virtual Exhibition Project

The student will compose a thematic exhibition of various artworks studied in this course. The project will be designed in PowerPoint and will include at least four slides, each with one image and a caption (museum wall label/text) of at least 100 words.

Reading Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have no time limit.