ARTH342 - SEMINAR IN MEDIEVAL ART: Dreams & Visions in Medieval Art
Section 301 - SEM
ARTH 342: DREAMS AND VISIONS IN MEDIEVAL ART [new course]— The hope of universal salvation in the Middle Ages was predicated on a vision: John’s vision of the Second Coming as recorded in the Book of Revelation. Visions, including John’s, were understood to reveal things—albeit dimly and requiring learned interpretation—that regular mortals or common circumstances kept hidden. They were a means for gaining access to spiritual (in)sight that was reserved only for the holy, and they steered kings and emperors toward more pious rule. Dreams and visions permeated medieval culture, from the Old Testament (Daniel, Ezekiel) to saintly visions (Bernard of Claivraux, Hildegard of Bingen, Bridget of Sweden, Francis of Assisi), to popular romances and historical legends (Romance of the Rose, Menagier de Paris). This course will consider a range of texts that establish a literary and ecclesiatical tradition for dream/vision theory (Augustine, Macrobius). Particular attention will be paid to the role that images of dreams and visions played in the construction of ideas about sight/insight and blindness/revelation. The visual material will be drawn broadly from medieval production: Apocalyptic literature, illustrated saints’ lives, monastic chronicles, books of visions, sculptural types such as the Man of Sorrows, the Schutzmantel Madonna, reliquaries, and also architectural-liturgical settings.
MAXWELL, ROBERT A.
JAFFE BUILDING 113