[FE 3773]  BAC. 3rd yr Art. Politics and Religion: Middle Ages to the Renaissance 24.25

Semester II
tuesday 14:30 - 16:15

Course Information

Professor: SNYDER, Raymund
Email: [email protected]
Language: English

Semester II
tuesday 14:30 - 16:15


This course introduces students to the art, politics, and religion of Europe, with a special focus on Rome and the Italian peninsula, from the rise of Christianity in late antiquity to the beginning of the Renaissance. It does so by examining selected historical developments (e.g., the decline of institutional pagan religion and the rise of Christianity, the emergence of the medieval university, the transmission of Plato and Aristotle to the Latin West, the rise of the mendicant orders), key historical figures (including Plotinus, Augustine, Boethius, Benedict of Nursia, Francis of Assisi, Dominic, Catherine of Siena), and important cultural highlights (e.g., Late Antique Roman Basilicas, the poetry of Dante; the paintings of Giotto, Cavallini, Masaccio and Fra Angelico). The course aims to teach students how to engage critically with primary texts, and how to read a work of medieval art by situating it within its stylistic context and introducing any relevant historical, political, philosophical, and theological dimensions


Boitani, Piero. Timeo in Paradiso: Metafore e bellezza da Platone a Dante. Roma: Donzelli, 2023.

Dey, Hendrik. The Making of Medieval Rome: A New Profile of the City, 400-1420. Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Donato, Antonio. Boezio: Un pensatore tardoantico e il suo mondo. Roma: Carocci, 2021.

Hansen, Maria Fabricius. The Spolia Churches of Rome: Recycling Antiquity in the Middle Ages. Aarhus University Press, 2015.

Kenney, John Peter. Contemplation and classical Christianity: a study in Augustine. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Marciari, John. The Art of Renaissance Rome: Artists and Patrons in the Eternal City. London, Laurence King Publishing, 2017.

Pedersen, Olaf. The First Universities: Studium generale and the origins of university education in Europe. Cambridge University Press, 1997