This course introduces students to the history and design of cathedrals and monasteries in medieval Europe. Themes include the development of Gothic architecture from Romanesque foundations in France, the importance of fractions and Euclidean geometry for medieval architects, and the material and financial costs of monumental construction projects during the middle ages. In addition to lectures and discussion, students will design a counterfactual monastery or cathedral using 3D graphics software as part of a final project. In-class tutorials will teach students how to draw plans, elevations and sections of churches and monastic buildings and how to build 3D models from these drawings.
This course was formerly offered by Professor Emerita Caroline Bruzelius. In Fall 2018, it was offered as a First Year Seminar under the name “Medieval Monasteries & Cathedrals.”
Course Code(s): ARTHIST 225
Curriculum Code(s): CCI, R, ALP, CZ
Day(s) & Times(s): TTH 8:30-9:45AM