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We now consider Europe in the centuries after the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages and the Gothic era. The first several hundred years of this period were marked by turmoil as invaders from the east and north ravaged Europe. The church became the main influence providing cultural unity in various areas that had formerly been united under Rome. We take a brief look at how the art of India was influenced by Rome at the height of Roman power, which stretched that far to the east. We also examine artistic development in areas dominated by Islam and the unique aspects of Chinese art of the period known in the west as the “Dark Ages.” We see that not only were methods of creation and the rules for art much different in China but the status by which society regarded the creators of art was also vastly different. The European Dark Ages were, by contrast, not a time of cultural loss in the Muslim world and Asia.

What to do... just follow these steps as listed!
The steps here are grouped according to what I would cover in class sessions. I suggest that you do each session as a separate "sitting" as if you were preparing for a class session on the indicated material. The only difference is that what I would have said in a class lecture is already available to you in video form, and you can "attend" the class session at whatever time of day is convenient to you!

Note: The assigned reading for this unit includes material from the assigned textbook, The Story of Art, as well as from the course workbook, The Historical Foundations of Visual Technology, 4th edition. You can download the full workbook at the course "startup" web page. If you prefer however to download just the workbook pages that are associated with Unit 2 of the course, you may download these 32 pages by clicking on this link.

TO START: Click here to download the USF2 form. Print it and use it to take notes as you read and view. Then use the downloaded copy to edit it and insert the information about art purpose, rules, technology, and impact. If you do this you will be working in the way intended, and you will find that you are most productive in this class!

Session 7: CHAPTER 6 -- A PARTING OF WAYS -- AD 400 to 1300 
Read Chapter 6 of The Story of Art and view video
Read workbook page 55-57, Intro to Unit 2
Read workbook page 58, Icons and the Byzantine (Eastern Orthodox) Church  and view video
Read workbook page 59, How a dome is built without using falsework and view video
Read workbook pages 60-62, Hagia Sophia: church, mosque, museum and view video

Session 8: CHAPTER 7 -- LOOKING EASTWARDS -- ISLAM, CHINA -- AD 100 to 1300
Read Chapter 7 of The Story of Art and view video
Read workbook pages 63-65, The Muslim world, Islam, and Islamic art and view video
Read workbook page 66, The 18 Arhats (Lohans)

Session 9: CHAPTER 8 -- WESTERN ART IN THE MELTING POT -- Europe AD 600 to 1100
Read Chapter 8 of The Story of Art and view video 
Read workbook page 67, Insular art of the Middle Ages and view video
Read workbook page 68, Illuminated manuscript decorations and view video

Session 10: CH 9 AND 10 -- THE CHURCH MILITANT/TRIUMPHANT -- AD 1100 to 1300
Read Chapters 9 and 10 of The Story of Art and view videos  Ch9  Ch10    
Read workbook page 69-73, The Crusades: AD 1095-1272 and view video
Read workbook page 74, Silverpoint: a unique medium and view video
Read workbook page 75-76,  Medieval stained glassand view video

Session 11: CHAPTER 11 -- COURTIERS AND BURGHERS -- AD 1300 to 1400
Read Chapter 11 of The Story of Art and and view video
Read workbook page 77-78, Gothic "International" Style: The Wilton Diptych and view video
       and read the first few paragraphs at this concise web resource
Read workbook page 79-80, The European Black Plague of the 1300's and view video

Two assignments are due for Unit 2...
Unit Summary Form 2
The USF2 form you see on workbook pages 56 and 57 needs to be completed and submitted. You downloaded this from the link at the top of this web page. That download provided you with a copy of the form you can use with your word processor. Type up your notes using the editable USF file and submit that document file in electronic form. Submit your completed (word-processed) file to the dedicated course gmail address. I will give you a score and feedback. You can then revise your USF2 using my feedback and resubmit it for re-grading if it needs "perfecting".

Project 2: Historiated initials, rose windows, Celtic knots
Read and explore workbook pages 81 through 85 and access the web resources for Part 2, and Part 3. (Click those two links to download information or forms for this work.) Complete parts 2 and 3 of the project (part 1 is no longer assigned since the manuscript museum web site it relies on is undergoing reconstruction and became inaccessible). Submit your work for grading as directed in these instructions. Submit parts of the project as you complete them if you wish, I can give you feedback faster that way! As with the USFs I will give you a score and feedback and you can revise this using my feedback and resubmit it for re-grading.

An optional extra credit project for Unit 2 is located on workbook page 86. If you find the subject matter of this unit interesting you may enjoy going farther into it with this extra credit.

** Note that you have available an optional slide download for chapters 6-11 in 3-up form as a .pdf file for note-taking

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