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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

FREN 80.04 Color Coding: The Intensive Use of Color in Medieval Media

In medieval Western Europe, civilization was a culture of color. Color was omnipresent, whether in interior or exterior paintings, in sacred or secular architecture, in sculpture, furniture or illustrated manuscripts.  A church was not considered complete until it had been painted. Mural paintings adorned with narrative scenes or decorative figures sought to embellish God's earthly Creation; to paint was to undertake a spiritual endeavor.   At the same time, color and images aimed to teach; no scene or figure was without meaning.  From the walls of medieval edifices to the pages of manuscripts, we will explore in this seminar pictorial creation in France from the seventh through the fifteenth centuries.


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A course in the French 10 sequence or permission of the instructor

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:ART; WCult:W

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.