Course Description: Romanesque Art and Architecture

Dr. Rita KeaneProfessor of Art History, Drew University
2 hours, 5 Thursday afternoons 1:30-3:30 pm
March 3, (skip 10), 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 2022

The term Romanesque describes art and architecture produced in medieval western Europe from the tenth to the twelfth centuries.  In this 5-week course, we will consider the major monuments of Romanesque art in western Europe, such as the art and architecture of pilgrimage, monastic art including portal and cloister sculpture, the enamels of Limoges and other metalwork sculpture, and the innovations of Cistercian architecture. We will conclude with a study of the monuments produced for William the Conqueror, including one of the most famous textiles surviving from the Middle Ages, the Bayeux Embroidery. 

Dr. Rita Keane is a Professor of Art History at Drew University.  She earned an M.A. in art history from Williams College, and a doctorate in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  At Drew, she teaches medieval, Islamic, and classical art.  A specialist in medieval art, her research is on the material culture of the fourteenth century in France, with a particular focus on manuscript painting, ideology, and gender studies.  Her most recent publication includes a book on the testament of the medieval queen, Blanche of Navarre, and articles on medieval women and collecting and painting in illuminated manuscripts. 

This summer, with a colleague from the French Department at Drew, she will teach ‘The Art and Culture of Provence’ with Drew students on a journey through southern France beginning in Nice with Matisse and Chagall, then along the Mediterranean through medieval villages and Roman sites.  They will explore, a university town, Aix, the French National School of Photography in Arles, and attend the International Film Festival in Cannes.

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