Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Carolingian, Ottonian and Romanesque

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This study-unit discusses Western art and architecture between approximately the 9th and the 11th centuries. The main characteristics of Carolingian, Ottonian and Romanesque will be considered through a discussion of select case studies.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to press home on the student the artistic richness and inventiveness of a period in art history that has often been stignatised as a ‘Dark Age’.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. discuss in a proper socio-political and economic religious context a Renaissance in the visual arts brought about by Charlemagne and its impact on subsequent artistic developments in the Early Middle Ages;
b. be aware of the unique significance of the Early Middle Ages to Western Art History.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. appreciate and contextualise Early Medieval Art;
b. be in a competent position to appreciate the artistic heritage of the Early Middle Ages.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

J. Beckwith, Early Medieval Art: Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, Thames and Hudson, 1964.
K. J. Conant, Carolingian and Romanesque Architecture, Yale, latest edition.
C. Hourihane, Romanesque Art and Thought in the twelfth century, Princeton University Press, June 2008.
P. Williamson, Medieval Ivory Carvings – Early Christian to Romanesque, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2010.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Christian Attard
John Baptist (Gino) Gauci
Mark Sagona
Conrad Thake
Charlene Vella

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