Year course
Early Medieval: 300-1250

Friday 28 September 2018 - Friday 12 July 2019

  • Friday 28 September 2018 - Friday 12 July 2019

  • Seminar Room 3

  • Course price £640.00 - £1,992.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Spanning the period from the 4th to the mid 13th century, over three terms, explore the rise of Christianity in the East and West, and learn how patrons and artists of the early Middle Ages transformed Classical principles to meet the aspirations of the new world order. Buildings and artefacts, including many from the V&A's world-class collection, will be set within their historical context, and interpreted in terms of their patronage, materials and techniques, function and original setting.

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Dr Sally Dormer

Course Director Dr Sally Dormer

Dr Sally Dormer is a specialist medieval art historian and lecturer who gained an MA in Medieval Art History and a PhD on medieval manuscript illumination at the Courtauld Institute, University of London.

A thoroughly enjoyable course – enlightening and uplifting. The gallery talks and seminars add a very rich dimension to the lectures. 2017/18 Course Student
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Further information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people • Certificate Option available • To join Term 1 only, please call 020 7942 2000 to check availability

Course Overview

Term 1

12 weeks, 28 September – 14 December 2018

300 - 800

The Roman Emperor Constantine granted Christianity legal status in 313. As the Western Roman Empire collapsed, Christianity flourished. A specifically Christian visual iconography evolved, heavily reliant on the weakening tradition of pagan Antiquity. In the East, Antique traditions persisted in the Byzantine Empire.

Term 2

13 weeks, 11 January – 5 April 2019

800–1050

In 800, Charlemagne, the Frankish King, became Emperor of the Romans. The Carolingian emperors, and their Ottonian successors, sought to revive the world of Christian Antiquity. In Anglo-Saxon England the arts flourished with monasteries playing a central role.

Term 3

11 weeks, 3 May – 12 July 2019

1050 – 1250

The powerful Western church built “Romanesque” churches influenced by Roman precedents. Circa 1140 the “New” Style, characterised by height and light emerged (known as “Gothic” from the seventeenth century), heralding an increasingly urban society, dominated by lay piety and patronage.

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Year course: Early Medieval: 300-1250

28 September 2018 - 12 July 2019

£640.00 - £1,992.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Term 1: 300 - 800

28 September – 14 December 2018

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Term 1 single days

28 September – 14 December 2018

£80.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)