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To the Glory of God: The Art and Architecture of the Medieval Church c.1100-1220

Medieval cathedrals and churches are numbered amongst the great monuments of European culture. However modern visitors have a very different experience to that of their medieval predecessors, as they encounter these buildings stripped of their treasures and often in a fragmentary state. This module will consider medieval churches as gesamtkunstwerks (or total works of art). It will address the surviving architecture, sculpture, wall-painting, stained-glass, metalwork and manuscripts associated with medieval churches to try to reconstruct the original appearance of these buildings. In doing so the module will explore questions of making, function and meaning. It will also consider the roles of patrons, artists and critics in determining what was appropriate for the house of God. Taking the period c.1100-1220 and the region of modern France as its focus the module will address the major stylistic change that occurred with the development of the Gothic style, and question what this meant for religious art and architecture.


Dr Laura Cleaver

How to apply

The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 16th September. You may register and pay by credit/Visa debit card online at after 16th August or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College Dublin number 1 account to: Dr Patricia Stapleton, Evening and Short Courses administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Applications may be made in person in Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin between 16th and 27th August from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. or by appointment.


EUR 150 / Concession EUR 75. The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Time and place

This is a daytime course. Please check our website after 16th August for update or text INFO followed by your name and address to 087 257 2016.


This lecture-only module comprises two lectures per week over one twelve-week term. Commencing week beginning Monday 26 September 2016. There is a one week break (7 - 11 November 2016) when no lectures will take place.