Art history: early modern: Track 4
The world of the early modern period (C10th - C16th) was one of...
The world of the early modern period (C10th - C16th) was one of religious obsession, power struggles and plunder. But it was also a world of stunning artistic endeavour. This collection shows how, encoded in the art and architecture of the time, you can find stories of political machinations, female influence and surging movements of people. We may think our own era has a monopoly on long-distance travel, but in the mediaeval period it was perfectly possible for Western Catholic artists to encounter Eastern Orthodox or Islamic cultures. And as the different cultures met, they influenced each other in unexpected ways. This material forms part of The Open University course A226 Exploring art and visual culture.
- Duration 55 mins
- Updated Tuesday 27th March 2012
- Intermediate level
- Posted under History & The Arts
Experts reveal the hidden history and cross-cultural complexity of the icon “St George and the Boy from Mytilini” in London’s British Museum.
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Tracks in this podcast:
|1||Studying art history||Dr Steve Edwards describes module A226, the Open University’s introductory art history course, which can be studied part-time and can count towards a degree. Play now Studying art history|
|2||Stained Glass||People once thought stained glass windows were “the bible of the poor”, but looking more closely at their function reveals something far more endearingly human. Play now Stained Glass|
|3||Islamic Religious Art (c1450-1600)||The art and architecture of mosques in 1450-1600 show a stunning range of artistic traditions, whose forms were closely related to their religious function. Play now Islamic Religious Art (c1450-1600)|
|4||Unravelling an icon||Experts reveal the hidden history and cross-cultural complexity of the icon “St George and the Boy from Mytilini” in London’s British Museum. Play now Unravelling an icon|
|5||Module taster||A short video sampling the wide range of artworks and issues students can study in the Open University’s module A226. Play now Module taster|
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Originally published: Tuesday, 27th March 2012
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