History of Romanesque Art


a) To eliminate eventual prejudices and stereotypes on the Middle Ages and medieval art.
b) To problematize on the terminology used by diverse disciplinar when approaching the study of the Middle Ages and medieval art
c) To analyse the main artistic productions created by Western society from the 5th century to the beginning of the 13th century

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alicia Miguélez Cavero


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Not applicable 


DURLIAT, M., L´art roman, Paris: Lucien Mazenod, 1982
GARCÍA MARCILLA, J. V. (dir.), Historia del Arte Medieval. Valencia: Publicacions Universitat de València, 2012.
GRABAR, A., Les voies de la création en iconographie chrétienne. Paris: Flammarion, 1979..
McCLENDON, C. B., The Origins of Medieval Architecture. Building in Europe 600-900 AD. New Haven – London, 2005.
NEES, L., Early Medieval Art. Oxford: University Press, 2002.
RAMÍREZ, J. A. (dir.), Historia del Arte. Vol. II: La Edad Media. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1999.
SCHAPIRO, M., Romanesque Art. Selected papers, London: Thames and Hudson, 1993.
SPIER, J. (ed.). Picturing the Bible. The Earliest Christian Art. Forth Worths: Kimbell Art Museum, 2007.
VAUCHEZ, A., A espiritualidade da Idade Média Ocidental. Séc. VIII-XIII. Lisboa: Estampa, 1995.
WIRTH, J. L´image médiévale. Naissance et Développements (VI-XVe Siècle), Paris: Klincksieck, 1989.

Teaching method

Theoretical-practical lessons, with audiovisual material and the use of teaching methods and instruments, such as: texts; images. This curricular unit includes a field tryp to the monastery of Alcobaça.

Evaluation method

Active participation both in class and in the virtual forum created in the Moodle platform.(25%), Report on the study trip/assistance to a conference(25%), Test(50%)

Subject matter

1. Introduction. "A thin red line": ancient and medieval art". Historic, geographical and cronological contextualization. Objetives, methodology and sources
2. The Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th centuries. The origens of Christian Art
3. The artistic mosaic of the roman-germanic Western territories during the 5th and 8th centuries.
4. The Medieval West during the 8th and 10th centuries. Carolingian Art
5. Europe around the year 1000. The Otonian Empire: Artistic forms por a political ideology
6. The art produced in the Iberian Peninsula during the 8th and 10th centuries
7. The genesis of Romanesque Art: conceptual and cronological problems
8. Romanesque Architecture and its spreading across the Medieval West
9. The romanesque portal and the evolution of sculpture in 11th and 12th centuries
10. The art of colour in the 11th and 12th centuries



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