Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Art and Architecture of the Central Mediterranean Littoral - Late Medieval to Early Modern

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION Special consideration will be given to the Norman cultural & artistic imprint on Sicily and the resultant synthesis of essentially Mediterranean and other cultural cross currents. These included Crusader and essentially Greek and Romanesque elements that helped condition the Mediterranean artistic profile.

Another important consideration will be the 15th and early 16th centuries with special reference to the synthesis of late Gothic and incipient early Renaissance elements. The art of the school of Antonello da Messina and of the Gagini family of sculptors will be considered in a broad Mediterranean and European context.

This study-unit will be undertaken through classroom as well as on site lectures.

Study-unit Aims:

To better understand the mechanics of the Central Mediterranean and the Art that emerged thereof.

Learning Outcomes:

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

a. better understand the mechanics of the Central Mediterranean cultural cross-currents and the way in which they conditioned art and architecture;
b. be better equipped to put into better socio-political and religious context Mediterranean late Medieval and Early Renaissance Art;
c. come to better terms with the Early Renaissance in the south and Central Mediterranean basin.

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

a. have the ability to better appreciate the cultural and artistic interactions of the Christian and Muslim world;
b. have the ability to put the art of the Central Mediterranean in a better artistic context.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Markus Hattstein (author, editor), Peter Delius (ed.), Islam: Art and Architecture (Koneman, 2007)
John Julian Norwich, The Normans in the South, 1016–1130 (Faber and Faber, 2010)
Silvana Messina, Siculo-Norman Art: Islamic Culture in Medieval Sicily (Islamic Art in the Mediterranean) (Museum with no Frontiers, 2002)
Charlene Vella, The Mediterranean Context of the Art and Architecture of Medieval Malta: 1091-1530, unpublished MA dissertation, History of Art Department, University of Malta, 2010
David Abulafia, The great sea: a human history of the Mediterranean, Allen Lane, 2011

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 Yes 50%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Keith Buhagiar
Charlene Vella (Co-ord.)

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