KUH3206 - Topics in older Art History: Medieval Marian Iconography


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course on medieval Marian iconography offers a deeper picture of European visual arts between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance, with special emphasis on the high and late middle ages. Besides a survey of important developmental features in the art of this period, the course will address questions related to Mary's "eternal virginity" and how this has been visualized in art. How images can be seen as results and expressions of popular as well as theological concepts of the divine will be analyzed through concrete examples and the use of current theory and method, especially the iconographic-iconological method.

Learning outcome

After completing this course students should achieve
- knowledge of important parts of the medieval European visual arts.
- knowledge of key concepts within medieval art history literature
- knowledge of important methods of analysis of medieval art
- knowledge of the importance and interpretation of visual art and architecture in the Middle Ages

After completing this course students should
- Be able to identify and account for important parts of medieval art
- Be able to describe and characterize concrete works of art from the Middle Ages
- Be able to discuss the relevance of handed-over approaches and methods to specific works
- present the subject in writing and orally

Learning methods and activities

This course has different forms of instruction. For example:
Lectures and seminars, excursion(s).

All activities are joint with KUH2206.

Students are required to check the result of their assignments and to stay updated on any information provided by the department or course director via Blackboard.

This course is taught in Norwegian only.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

The final assessment consists of a 3 day home exam, followed by an adjusting oral exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Art History (MKUH)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Master's programme in Art History.

Course materials

The reading list comprises c. 750 pages, including illustrations.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KUH2206 7.5 01.09.2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • The History of Art
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies


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