Course Schedule - Fall Semester 2022

     

HART 520 001 (CRN: 14351)

MEDIEVAL ART, SCIENCE, MAGIC

Long Title: ART, SCIENCE, AND MAGIC IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD
Department: Art History
Instructor: Boxer, Carly
Meeting: 2:30PM - 3:45PM TR BKH 233 (22-AUG-2022 - 2-DEC-2022) 
Session: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Section Max Enrollment: 12
Section Enrolled: 0
Total Cross-list Max Enrollment: 12
Total Cross-list Enrolled: 11
Waitlisted: 0 (Max 198) 
Current members of the waitlist have priority for available seats.
Enrollment data as of: 12-AUG-2022 10:33PM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: GR Course-Dept Schedules Exam
 
Description: What did “science” and “magic” look like in the medieval world? This course surveys images and objects made between the fifth and the fifteenth century to investigate how they explained, questioned, and theorized the natural and supernatural. With special attention to the inseparability of concepts of science, magic, and religion in premodernity, this discussion-based course will examine how art helped to mediate and substantiate medieval understandings of the world. From textual amulets to saints’ shrines, objects had the power to heal, perform miracles, and affect change beyond the explanation of earthly phenomena. We will look at a wide variety of objects and images related to scientific and para-scientific disciplines; geometry, astrology, cosmology, medicine, anatomy, botany, physiognomy, and geomancy all relied on and produced visual materials to aid in practice. How did the concepts of art, science, magic, and religion overlap, and how do modern definitions fall short in helping us understand premodern ideas about the natural world? Students will develop the conceptual tools necessary to confront these questions using visual evidence. Graduate students will write a 20 page research paper, lead one class session, and prepare a "lit review" assignment. Cross-list: HART 320. Recommended Prerequisite(s): At least one course in medieval art history is recommended