The Signs of Times

How to read the signs and symbols within Medieval art, some more easy to detect than others. This lectures considers art of the period c.1100 – c.1500 and guides the audience through where it might be found and the forms it might take as well as what it meant to the Medieval viewer. This ranges from formal sculpture to graffiti. It answers some basic questions (e.g. why are fonts usually octagonal, is a hedgehog a good or bad figure in Medieval art?), but also considers body language and how to spot saints. There is also a detailed analysis of at least three different types of art form.

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