Year course
Early Medieval: 300-1250

Friday 27 September 2019 - Friday 10 July 2020

  • Friday 27 September 2019 - Friday 10 July 2020

  • 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)

Get closer to the V&A’s world-class early medieval collection. Explore the rise of Christianity in the East and West and understand how patrons and craftsmen of the early Middle Ages transformed Classical principles to meet the aspirations of a new world order. You will learn to interpret objects and buildings in terms of their patronage, materials, techniques, functions and original settings.

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Dr Sally Dormer

Course Director Dr Sally Dormer

A specialist medieval art historian and lecturer, Sally gained an M.A. in Medieval Art History and a Ph.D. in Medieval manuscript illumination at the Courtauld Institute, University of London, after reading History as an undergraduate at the University of Durham. Previously Course Director for the Late Medieval and Early Renaissance 1250-1500.

The quality of the speakers and the material they covered was superb; the gallery talks were also interesting and helpful to study. I was given an excellent framework for future study. 2018/19 Course Student
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• Refreshments served • Price reductions available • Certificate Option available

Course Overview

Term 1

12 weeks, 27 September – 13 December 2019

300 - 800

In 313 Constantine granted Christianity tolerated status. 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

12 weeks, 10 January – 27 March 2020

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

12 weeks, 24 April – 10 July 2020

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

27 September 2019 - 10 July 2020

£640.00 - £1,992.00

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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