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Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages - Chapter Summary
Ensure you have all the knowledge you need to succeed in a class that covers Middle Ages art and architecture. Use this chapter to get a well-rounded overview of early medieval European art, Gothic art, sculpture, castles and more. The lessons in this chapter are easy to navigate and can be accessed from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Feel free to assess how much you understand about the lessons you've reviewed by taking short quizzes. Reinforce concepts covered in this chapter with the comprehensive practice chapter exam. Upon completion, you will understand the following:
- How early medieval European art was influenced by the classical era and Christianity
- Characteristics and styles of Gothic painting and sculpture and stained glass windows
- Sculpture's history from medieval to Rococo
- Castles during the Middle Ages
1. Classical & Christian Influences on Early Medieval European Art
In this lesson, we're going to explore the three major influences on early medieval art: Christianity, the classical world of Rome and the pagan North. We'll talk about the contributions of each and see how they come together in some works of art.
2. Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics
This lesson follows the development of two trends in Gothic painting: realism and perspective. We explore the origins of these movements in Italian Gothic masters, like Duccio, Giotto and the Lorenzetti Brothers, and their later expression in Northern European illuminations.
3. Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style
In this lesson, we cover the development of Gothic architectural decoration, specifically decorative sculpture and stained glass windows. You'll learn about Gothic use of stained glass and the evolution of sculpture from Romanesque decoration to Gothic statues.
4. History of Sculpture: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque & Rococo
In this lesson, we will study Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo sculpture. We will explore the primary characteristics of sculpture in these ages and look at some of the major sculptural works.
5. History of Castles in the Middle Ages
Medieval castles were fortified residences used to secure the local area. Over time, castles grew increasingly complex, providing protection to the lord and those who fought with him. Learn more about them this lesson.
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