HISTART 253-001

The Mediterranean: Art and Exchange

130 Tappan, MLB Lecture 1
MW 12:00-1:00pm and F 12:00-1:00pm
Combined total 3 Credits
Requires simultaneous enrollment in HISTART 253.002
Meets w CLCIV/JUDAIC 253

This course explores the art of the Mediterranean, focusing on the sites of Constantinople, Venice, Sicily, Egypt and the Holy Land. We shall study a range of artefacts such as manuscripts, maps, coins, textiles, and luxury goods, each of which took shape as a result of the vibrant cross-cultural encounters that animated the region. A key theme of the course is movement and how it facilitated the exchange of ideas, images, models, materials, and artisans within and beyond the Mediterranean. We shall be looking at objects in the Kelsey Museum and Special Collections and shall be reading a variety of rollicking primary sources (all translated) to understand the fluidity of the connections enabled by the Mediterranean both as a geographical expanse and an imaginative construct.

Estimated Cost of Materials: $0

HISTART Distribution Requirements A. Middle East, D. Europe, 1. Ancient, 2. Medieval

This course fulfils the LSA Humanities Distribution requirement