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Medicine and Art: Viewing the Medieval Body
ARHA 135
Fall 2017
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: MDST 135

How did artists understand the body in the later Middle Ages, and how did this help to shape medical, spiritual, and philosophical views of what it meant to be human? What role did art play in the dissemination of scientific knowledge and religious thought, and were these views necessarily in conflict? This course will explore pre-modern depictions of the human body in works of art, scientific treatises, and visual ephemera produced and circulated in the pre-modern period (1150--1550). Topics to be addressed include the visual culture of life, death, and the afterlife; abnormal bodies: saints and monsters; the role of art in illness and healing; and medieval robotics and artificial bodies. Case studies will be drawn from European and Islamic works of art.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on NOV-20-2017
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