Localizing the Sacred: Medieval Christian Architecture and Art

Laura Hollengreen
Fridays 10 AM - 12 PM
March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 2021
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Localizing the Sacred: Medieval Christian Architecture and Art

Spring 2021
In Session
10 AM - 12 PM
March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 2021





Saints and cult sites were central to religious practice in the Christian Middle Ages. This course examines four sites (Qalʿat Simʿān, Constantinople, Conques, and Chartres) to find evolving concepts of sanctity and forms of cultic practice in medieval sociopolitical context. When did new kinds of saints emerge? How did holy people interact with others in their societies? How does architecture spatialize perception of the sacred, and how does art focus it? Ranging from fifth-century Syria to thirteenth-century France, the buildings to be discussed include monastic and pilgrimage churches, a palace chapel, and cathedrals. Artworks such as pilgrim’s tokens, mosaics, icons, manuscripts, reliquaries, statues, and stained-glass windows evidence the devotional “zones of attraction” within these buildings as well as the circulation of images beyond them and the rise of theories of art in the Middle Ages.

Registration will open online on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 8 AM (AZ Time)

  • Classes will be delivered online via the Zoom video conferencing platform. Course will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • All class sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times.
  • Enrolled students may withdraw from a course and receive a tuition refund if the request is received before the second class session.

Required Reading: 

  • No textbook is required. All readings and class materials will be distributed to students electronically. 

Meet Your Professor

Associate Dean
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, Planning

LAURA HOLLENGREEN is Associate Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in CAPLA. Trained at Princeton and UC Berkeley, she has taught the history of art at several universities and the history of architecture at UArizona and Georgia Tech. While most of her scholarship focuses on medieval topics, she has a longstanding interest in early twentieth-century artistic and architectural abstraction and the origins of the avant-garde.

  • Ted and Shirley Taubeneck Superior Teaching Award


This course will be offered ONLINE ONLY
Classes will be live streamed during the time and dates specified in the course details section above. Instructions about how to access the course online will be sent to all enrolled students before the course begins.

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