The Great Cathedrals of Medieval Europe: From France to Sicily
Take an exploratory journey from Paris to Sicily to uncover the breathtaking ingenuity of Europe’s medieval cathedrals. From the dramatic Romanesque to the soaring gothic, discover the history of evolving architectural styles and decorative elements over more than four centuries. We will examine splendors including the cathedrals at Chartres, Arles, Bordeaux, Barcelona, Pisa, Lisbon with its unique medieval gateway, and the outstanding interiors of Valencia cathedral in Spain. We will compare important medieval abbeys including those at Caen in Northern France, whose daring innovations remain as impressive as the cathedrals. The course concludes with a study of the interior of 12th-century Monreale in Sicily, commissioned by a Norman king and adorned with rare shimmering mosaics. Blending history and art history, this course is perfect for those with an interest in Medieval Europe or European cultural history more broadly.
You'll Walk Away with
- Knowledge of the major architectural styles and features of European medieval cathedrals
- An understanding of the historical context in which the cathedrals were constructed
- Those seeking a deeper understanding of European history or medieval period
- Anyone with an interest in the history of art and architecture