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ART 480
 -- Art of the Pilgrimage Roads --


Fall 2003
Dr. Michael Tinkler
Houghton House #103;  3489
Class Time: Wednesday, 1:30-4:15
Office Hours:  Wednesday, 11 - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, 12 - 1:00 p.m.
breakfast, Mondays, Water Street Cafe, Geneva
This seminar will explore the art and architecture surrounding one of the most important medieval journeys:  the pilgrimage.  We will discuss theories of pilgrimage as well as the physical journey which medieval pilgrims took to Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela, Canterbury, and other important sites.  The bulk of the course will focus on the reliquary arts, architecture, and sculpture which the pilgrim experienced on the journey to these sacred places.

attendance and participation  -- 20%

participation in online journal -- 10%
first (short) presentation -- 10% -- presentation on a local building
oral exam    -- 10%
second (long) presentation -- 25%
research paper or project  -- 25%

Reserve Reading & Slide Review
Reserve readings will be essential.  The three texts available from the bookstore are all primary sources (though their introductions and apparatus of commentary are useful!).  Works of interpretation will mainly be reserve reading.
slide review -- Houghton House (M-F, 8-12 & 1-5)
You should plan to study the images on the Visual Resources Center reserve system regularly.
architectural experiences and field trips -- see below

There will be no final exam for this course.

Attendance Policy
 Attendance:  of course if you don't attend you won't do very well.  Visual material will often seem very different in color and in large scale on the wall from its appearance in black and white in a small paperback book, so if you don't see both, your work will suffer.

For each class you miss you will write a two-page double-spaced typed discussion of the material covered in your absence.  Your discussion will respond to both readings and images.   Failure to produce this work within 1 week of the absence will reduce your participation grade by 2 points.  There are no excused absences.

Required Resources

-----Primary Sources-----
Theodorich’s Guide to the Holy Land (Historical Travel Series), Aubrey Stewart, Ronald G. Musto
The Miracles of St. James : Translations from the Liber Sancti Jacobi, Thomas F. Coffey (Editor), Linda Kay Davidson (Translator), Maryjane Dunn
The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago De Compostela, William Melczer

The Cult of the Saints, Peter Brown
Medieval European pilgrimage, c.700-c.1500, Diana Webb
Writing Faith: Text, Sign, & History in the Miracles of Sainte Foy, Kathleen Ashley
Romanesque Art, Andreas Petzold

Architectural experiences
It is exceptionally difficult to understand architecture in two dimensions, whether on paper or on the slide screen.  We will take the opportunities provided us in Geneva (and I hope in other parts of Central New York) to visit some buildings.  Walking through real buildings in an aware fashion can help us better understand the two-dimensional buildings we study.

Field Trips
The field trip is still under negotiation.  More information about that later.  We'll either go to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY, or the Basilica of Our Lady of Victory in Lackawanna, NY.

We will also visit some early Mormon sites in Seneca county and Palmyra, NY. 

Tentative Schedule:


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