In this course, you will learn:
- An introduction to some of the most astonishing architectural monuments the world has ever known—Gothic cathedrals.
- We shall study the art, literature, intellectual life, economics, and new social arrangements that arose in the shadow of the cathedrals and that were such an important part of the revival of cities in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
- The goal of the course is a better appreciation of the High Middle Ages, a world that is still recognizably our own. For more than 300 years, Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world.
- We discuss the sculptural programs of Notre-Dame’s West façade, including the portal which depicts the life of Saint Anne, Christ’s grandmother, and Mary, his mother and the central portal of the Last Judgment.