Art History Episode 2: 400-1400: Medieval Era

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Art History Episode 2: 400-1400: Medieval Era (playlist)

1. Andrea Pisano, Reliefs for the Campanile in Florence, c. 1336

2. Astrolabe, c. 1345-55, Brass (?), 4 1/3 x 3 5/8 x 7/8 in. (11 x 9.2 x 2.18 cm), (British Museum, London)

3. Bonaventura Berlinghieri, Altarpiece of St. Francis, c. 1235 (Church of San Francesco, Pescia, Italy)

4. Byzantine panel with archangel, Ivory leaf from diptych, c. 525-50, 16.8 x 5.6 x 0.35 in. (42.8 x 14.3 x 0.9 cm), probably from Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey), (British Museum, London)

5. Capitals, Church of Sant Miquel, early 13th century
Historiated capitals from the crossing of the Church of Sant Miquel of the castle of Camarasa (Noguera), early 13th century, stone, 77 x 1.65 x 77.5 cm (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Palau Nacional, Barcelona).

6. Cimabue's Santa Trinita Madonna, c. 1280-90 and Giotto's Ognissanti Madonna, c. 1310
A comparison of Cimabue's Santa Trinita Madonna, c. 1280-90, with Giotto's Ognissanti Madonna, c. 1310—both in the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.

7. Cimabue, Maesta of Santa Trinita, 1280-900-1290
Cimabue, Maesta of Santa Trinita, 1280-1290, tempera on panel, 151 1/2 x 87 3/4" (385 x 223 cm), Uffizi, Florence

8. Coronation Mantle
Likely made for the Norman ruler Roger II in 1133/34 in the royal workshop in Palermo of fabric from Byzantium or Thebes, Samite, silk, gold, pearls, filigree, sapphires, garnets, glass, and cloisonné enamel.

The Kufic script reads: "This mantle was worked in the most magnificent clothing workshop and is connected with the desire and hopes, felicitous days and nights without cease or change, with authority, with honor and felicity, assurances of trust, reverent care, protection, good destiny, freedom from harm, triumph and livelihood in the capital city of Sicily in the year 528" (or 1133/34 in the Gregorian calendar). Neue Hofburg, Vienna.

9. Duccio di Buoninsegna, Madonna and Child, tempera and gold on panel, c. 1300 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

10. Duccio, Maesta (back), 1308-11 (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana del Duomo, Siena)

11. Duccio, Maesta (front)

12. Duccio, The Rucellai Madonna, 1285-86, tempera on panel, 177 x 114" or 450 x 290 cm (Uffizi, Florence)

13. Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Virgin and Child with Saints Dominic and Aurea,
c. 1315, tempera on wood, 42.5 x 34.5 cm (National Gallery, London).

14. Follower of Bernardo Daddi, The Aldobrandini Triptych, tempera on panel, ca. 1336 (Portland Art Museum)

15. Giotto di Bondone, St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata with predella scenes of the Dream of Innocent III, The Pope Approving the Rule of the Order, and St. Francis
Preaching to the Birds, c. 1295-1300 (originally, Church of San Francesco, Pisa), tempera and gold on panel, 3.13 x 1.63m, original frame inscribed: "OPUS IOCTI FIORETINI".

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17. Giotto, The Ognissanti Madonna, 1306-10, tempera on panel, 128 x 80 1/4" (325 x 204 cm).
Painted for the Church of Ognissanti, Florence

18. Simone Martini, Annunciation, 1333, tempera on panel, 72 1/2 x 82 5/8" or 184 x 210 cm. (Uffizi, Florence)

19. Nicola Pisano, Pulpit, Pisa Baptistery, 1260
Giovanni Pisano, Slaughter of the Innocents, Marble, 1301, Sant'Andrea church, Pistoia

Part 1: Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres, c.1145 and 1194-c.1220
This video (1 of 3), focuses on the cathedral's pre-Gothic history, its sacred relic, and the westwerk's royal portal and jamb figures

This video (2 of 3), focuses on the cathedral's interior, its stained glass, nave, aisles, elevation, and choir

This video (3 of 3), focuses on the symbolism of light, the cathedral's flying buttresses, transept, the iconography of the north rose window, and the north porch and its sculptural program

23. Royal Figures, Iran (Saljuq period)
A conversation between Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis and Dr. Steven Zucker in front of
"Two Royal Figures," Iran (Saljuq period), mid 11th - mid 12th c., painted and gilded stucco (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

24. Basilica of Santa Sabina, Rome, c. 432.

25. Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, marble, 359 C.E. (Treasury of Saint Peter's Basilica)

Please note that due to photography restrictions, the images used in the video above show the plaster cast on display in the Vatican Museum. Nevertheless, the audio conversation was recorded in the treasury in Saint Peter's Basilica, in front of the original sarcophagus.
Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

26. Duccio di Buoninsegna, Madonna Enthroned, c. 1285 (Uffizi Gallery, Florence)
Simone Martini, Annunciation Altarpiece, 1333 (Uffizi Gallery, Florence)
Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Effects of Good Government in the City and in the Country, 1338-1339 (Sala della Pace, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena)

27. Sutton Hoo Ship Burial, c. 700 (British Museum, London)

Multiple bronze, gold and silver objects of Anglo Saxon origin, found in Suffolk, England, including: a helmet, sceptre, sword, hanging bowl, bowls and spoons, shoulder clasps, a belt buckle, and purse lid.

28. The Wise and Foolish Virgins, late 11th century/early 12th century
Circle of the Master of Pedret, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, south apse of the Epistle, Sant Quirze de Pedret, late 11th century to the beginning of 12th century, fresco transferred to canvas
325 x 315 x 320 cm (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona)

29. Last Judgment Tympanum, Central Portal on West facade of the Cathedral of St. Lazare, Autun, c. 1130-46

30. Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Allegory of Good Government, Effects of Good Government in the City and the Country, and Allegory and Effects of Bad Government in the City and the Country, Siena c. 1337-40, fresco, Sala della Pace (Hall of Peace) also know as the Sala dei Nove (the Hall of the Nine), 7.7 x 14.4 meters (room), Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

31. Damascus Room
Reception Room (Qa'a), Ottoman period, 1119 a.h. / 1707 a.d., Damascus, Syria, poplar, gesso relief with gold and tin leaf, glazes and paint; cypress, poplar, walnut, black mulberry, mother-of pearl, marble and other stones, stucco with glass, plaster, ceramic tiles, iron, brass, 22 feet and a 1/2 inch high x 16 feet, 8-1/2 inches deep x 26 feet, 4-3/4 inches long, Metropolitan Museum of Art

32. San Vitale is one of the most important surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and mosaic work. It was begun in 526 or 527 under Ostrogoth rule. It was consecrated in 547 under Imperial rule and completed soon after. The mosaics date between 546 and 556.

33. Jeweled upper cover of the Lindau Gospels, c. 880, Court School of Charles the Bald, 350 x 275 mm, cover may have been made in the Royal Abbey of St. Denis (Morgan Library and Museum, New York)

34-37. Giotto, Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel, Padua, c. 1305

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39. Pietro Cavallini, The Last Judgement, c.1293, fresco, Santa Cecilia, Rome
This fresco was discovered in 1900 and represents one of the few works by Cavallini to survive.