Bronzescapes: Metal Cultures of the Middle Ages




4th Floor Classroom


Ittai Weinryb

The course will serve as an introduction to the place, function, and cultural currency of metal in the Middle Ages. From bronze bowls and belt buckles, to the Griffin of Pisa, the Gorgon Medusa and the Essen Madonna, we will together uncover the character of the metalwork and metalworking in the medieval environment. Techniques of making and decorating metalwork, such as lost wax casting technique, enamel, patina and gilding will also be discussed at length. Visits to museums and workshops will serve to exemplify the medieval metalwork and its culture. 3 credits.