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Medieval Europe and the Islamic world (3-1 to 3-2)

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Medieval artistic traditions include late antique, early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, migratory, Carolingian*, Romanesque, and Gothic, named for their principal culture, religion, government, and/or artistic style. Continuities and exchanges between coexisting traditions in medieval Europe are evident in shared artistic forms, functions, and techniques. Contextual information comes primarily from literary, theological, and governmental (both secular and religious) records, which vary in quantity according to period and geographical region, and to a lesser extent from archaeological excavations. Elite religious and court cultures throughout the Middle Ages prioritized the study of theology, music, literary and poetic invention, and in the Islamic world, scientific and mathematical theory. Cultural and artistic exchanges were facilitated through trade and conquest. By permission, © 2013 The College Board

Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome

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Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome, late 2nd century through the 4th century C.E. Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Santa Sabina

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Basilica of Santa Sabina, Rome, c. 432.

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The Story of Jacob, Vienna Genesis

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The Story of Jacob, Vienna Genesis,  folio 12v, early 6th century,  tempera, gold and silver on purple vellum,  cod. theol. gr. 31 (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna). Speakers: Dr. Nancy Ross and Dr. Steven Zucker

San Vitale

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San Vitale is one of the most important surviving examples of Byzantinearchitecture and mosaic work. It was begun in 526 or 527 under Ostrogothic rule. It was consecrated in 547 and completed soon after. Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. ...

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, 532-37 (architects: Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles) A conversation with Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris

Theotokos mosaic, apse, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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Theotokos mosaic, 867, apse, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris

Deësis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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Deësis (Christ with the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist), c. 1261, mosaic, imperial enclosure, south gallery, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Hagia Sophia as a mosque

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This video focuses on Hagia Sophia after the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453. Speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Fibulae

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Lindisfarne Gospels (quiz)

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The Bayeux Tapestry - Seven Ages of Britain - BBC One

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The Bayeux Tapestry. The BBC's David Dimbleby describes the historical significance of the Bayeux Tapestry for his forthcoming BBC One Series, Seven Ages of Britain. 

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres (part 1)

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Part 1: Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres, c.1145 and 1194-c.1220 This video (1 of 3), focuses on the cathedral's pre-Gothic history, its sacred relic, and the westwerk's royal portal and jamb figures Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. ...

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres (part 2)

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Part 2: Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres, c.1145 and 1194-c.1220 This video (2 of 3), focuses on the cathedral's interior, its stained glass, nave, aisles, elevation, and choir Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker For more: ...

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres (part 3)

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Part 3: Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres, c.1145 and 1194-c.1220 This video (3 of 3), focuses on the symbolism of light, the cathedral's flying buttresses, transept, the iconography of the north rose window, and the north porch and its ...

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Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 1)

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Giotto's Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua, c. 1305, Part 1 Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris

Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 2)

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Part 2: The Narrative Cycle from Giotto's Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua, c. 1305 Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 3)

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Part 3: The Lamentation from Giotto's Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua, c. 1305 Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel (part 4)

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Part 4: The Last Judgment from Giotto's Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua, c. 1305 Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

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