Word and Image in Medieval Art

Art 406

Usual Description

The relationship of word and image is central to art history, which paradoxically uses words to address images. Medieval art provides a useful arena in which to scrutinize this relationship, as the church equated word and image by defining pictures as the “Bible for the illiterate.” What does this imply? Can it be true? What are the art historical consequences if images can not be reduced to words? Topics considered include narrative, icons, and ekphrasis.

Time Periods

400 - 1500

Course Listings

These are all of the listings of this course recorded in the Oberlin course catalog since the fall of 2007.

Listing Semester Professor
Art 406
Art 406 Taught by Erik Inglis