About the Class
Historians often regard the centuries between classical antiquity and the Middle Ages as a low point in human creativity. However, a closer look at art during the so-called Dark Ages shows a visual culture bursting at the seams with complex ideas achieved through light and color. This course explores more than 600 years of this gold- and gem-filled world, with a focus on devotional objects and soaring sacred architecture in Europe, the Mediterranean, and neighboring lands.
Each week, the 90-minute lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.
Jewell is a senior instructor in adult education at the Barnes. She holds a PhD in late Roman and early medieval art history from Temple University and has worked as a field archeologist. In addition to her work at the Barnes, Jewell is the art historian for an underwater archaeology project near the Sicilian town of Marzamemi.
Art in Context
Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?