Romanesque to Gothic: European Art 1050 to 1250

Online course

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On this art history course explore the glorious variety of Romanesque and Early Gothic art including gilded enamels from the Meuse valley, glittering mosaics in Norman Sicily, and the soaring vaults of Chartres Cathedral.

You can learn from our world-class experts wherever you are, whenever suits you: watch lectures live or view the recording later in your own time. You can experience the full breadth and depth of the V&A's collections with more than 40 hours of study over 12 weeks. Learn at your own pace: lecture recordings and study materials, lecture notes, copies of the presentations, and additional study materials are available in our secure Microsoft Teams environment for up to 12 weeks after the course ends, so you'll never miss a thing. And finally, join the conversation: share your perspective with your fellow students, and support each other in your further enquiries outside of class time.

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Portrait of Course Director Dr Sally Dormer

Course Director
Dr Sally Dormer

Dr Sally Dormer is a specialist medieval art historian with an M.A. in Medieval Art History and Ph.D. on Medieval illuminated manuscripts from the Courtauld Institute, London University. Sally teaches, or has taught, for the Art Fund, the Arts Society, Art Pursuits, London Art History Society, Swan Hellenic, and Gresham College.

Such a joy to be taught with such intelligence, warmth and humour. Previous V&A Academy Online Course Attendee

Course overview

This medieval course covers the period between 1050 and 1250, inspired by the V&A's abundant collections.
Between 1050 and 1150 Europe witnessed unprecedented investment in Romanesque church buildings, many inspired by Roman monuments, and the rebirth of architectural sculpture with plentiful regional variation.
The “New” style of architecture (termed “Gothic” from the 17th century), emerged in mid-12th century Paris. Craftsmen de-materialized Romanesque massiness, making buildings that reached new heights with increasingly light-filled interiors. Paris was the epicentre of new ideas, subsequently adopted, to varying degrees, by neighbouring realms. Figurative art changed profoundly from dynamic Romanesque design to something more natural, even classical; a revolution prompted by seismic shifts in theological philosophy, urban and commercial growth, increased literacy, and monasticism’s decline, although the new mendicant orders were influential after 1220.
Relations between East and West deteriorated as the Crusading movement increased in zeal. The 1204 Sack of Constantinople heralded the Byzantine Empire's nadir and enhanced Byzantine influence in Italy.


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Online course: Romanesque to Gothic: European Art 1050 to 1250

16 April 2024 - 2 July 2024


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