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Love_and_Desire_Fina - ARLT 100 Love and Desire in Medieval Mysticism Fall 2007 Final Exam This packet presents images from four different sources

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ARLT 100 / Love and Desire in Medieval Mysticism / Fall 2007 Final Exam This packet presents images from four different sources. Some brief historical context is provided below to introduce each collection of images, but the more important context is what you bring to them from your knowledge about how love and desire were understood in medieval Christian mysticism. During the exam, you will be permitted to use your books as well as any notes you have prepared before the exam, so long as they reflect your own work . You should spend some time reflecting on the sources and consulting key texts before the exam. The following is your assignment. You have been hired to curate an art exhibit at the renowned Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit will be titled: Love and Desire in Medieval Christian Mysticism: Images and Texts in Conversation . The Getty has acquired the enclosed sources and has requested that you draft a series of brief explanations. These will be posted alongside the images in order to help the viewing public understand the source within its historical context. The background details included in this packet have already been presented at the exhibit’s entrance. The directors don’t know anything about medieval mysticism and so have asked you to provide further context by linking the images to texts from the history of medieval Christian mysticism that would illuminate their significance. Reflecting the exhibit title, your explanations should cite and explain texts that “converse” with each image, whether challenging, confirming, contextualizing, or otherwise elucidating the sources. Space is tight, however, and the museum’s directors have not yet decided upon which themes will organize the exhibit or which combinations of images to use. Your immediate task is to brainstorm possible themes, choose the best images to illustrate them, and plan corresponding explanations drawing on mystical texts. During the exam, you will be informed about the directors’ choice of themes and asked to draft two such explanations.
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I. The Rothschild Canticles The Rothschild Canticles is a small devotional handbook with a stunning array of illustrations. Very little is known about the circumstances of its origin or its author, but it appears to date to the fourteenth century around Belgium, Netherlands or Germany. In most cases, a short devotional text, comprised of scriptural passages or common monastic writings, is paired with a vivid, dynamic image of the Trinity, Christ, Mary or the soul (often personified as a woman). The unknown author(s) of the Canticles were apparently familiar with traditions of love mysticism drawing upon the language of the Song of Songs. The text on page 17v reads:
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This test prep was uploaded on 02/20/2008 for the course ARLT 100 taught by Professor Thompson during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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Love_and_Desire_Fina - ARLT 100 Love and Desire in Medieval Mysticism Fall 2007 Final Exam This packet presents images from four different sources

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