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105 Lecture – 10.23.06 What is medieval art? What does “Middle Ages” mean and why? Who named the period and why? The goal is not to imitate nature ( mimesis ) and to please the eye, but to serve God: An art which teaches and operates between earth and heaven, makes the invisible visible. Means: abstraction, precious materials, hierarchical compositions, frontality, disembodiment, colors Jewish art (Dura Europos) Synagogue with Old Testament scenes. Proves that Jews did favor paintings with religious subjects despite the Bible’s Second Commandment (“you shall not make for yourself a graven image…” (Ex. 20: 4). Late Antique figure style: flatness, frontality, hierarchical.
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Unformatted text preview: Narrative scenes (stories) and iconic depictions (portraits) Dura Europos Synagogue, plan and interior (45x25ft) Interior of synagogue at Dura Europos (Syria), ca. 245-256 Torah niche Detail from synagogue at Dura Europos (Ex. 14): crossing the Red Sea drowning of the Egyptians. Narrative scene God to Moses: Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go on dry ground Detail from synagogue at Dura Europos: Figure of a man (Old Testament prophet?) Iconic (non-narrative) panel...
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2011 for the course ART HIST 105 taught by Professor Kenfeild-weingert during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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