History of Art: Late Antiquity


a) To eliminate eventual prejudices and stereotypes on the Middle Ages and medieval art.
b) To problematize on the terminology used by diverse disciplines when approaching the study of the Middle Ages and medieval art
c) To analyse the main artistic productions created from the 4th to the 10th century, especially in Eurasia and Northern Africa


General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alicia Miguélez Cavero


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





ALBIN, A. et al. (ed.), Whose Middle Ages? Teachable Moments for an Ill-used Past, Fordham Series in Medieval Studies, 2019.
BANDINELLI, R.B. The Late Empire. Roman Art A.D. 200-400, Nova Iorque: 1977.
DELIYANNIS, D. et al., Fifty Early Medieval Things. Materials of Culture in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2019.
GARCÍA MARCILLA, J. V. (dir.), Historia del Arte Medieval. Valencia: Publicacions Universitat de València, 2012.
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.
NORMORE, CH. (ed.), Re-Assessing the Global Turn in Medieval Art History, Leeds: ARC Humanities Press, 2018
SPIER, J. (ed.). Picturing the Bible. The Earliest Christian Art. Forth Worths: Kimbell Art Museum, 2007.
WICKHAM, C., The inheritance of Rome: illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000, London: Penguin Books, 2009.

Teaching method

Theoretical-practical lessons, with audiovisual material and the use of teaching methods and instruments, such as: texts; images. 

Evaluation method

Método de avaliação - 1. Project(50%), 2. Test(25%), 3. Active participation both in class and in the virtual forum created in the NONIO platform.(25%)

Subject matter

Introduction: Geographical and chronological framework. Objectives, methodology and sources
PART I: The Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th centuries
PART II: The artistic mosaic in Eurasia and Northern Africa in 6th-8th centuries
PART III: The artistic mosaic in Eurasia and Northern Africa in 9th and 10th centuries



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