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   Course Title    History of the Medieval Church
Lecturer    Emil Hilje
Institution    University of Split
Country    Croatia

I. Aim of the course

The course of Romanesque and Gothic art is meant to give a fundamental knowledge about art in Europe, and especially in Croatia, between 1000 and 1500. Students will learn stylistic elements of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, sculpture and painting. They are also expected to memorize and to be able to recognize the most important monuments of European and Croatian Romanesque and Gothic art.


II. Role of the course

The course of Romanesque and Gothic art is one of the seven main courses of art history study at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar. We also expect that students with attachment to medieval art take every year one of the facultative courses related to the main course, so that at the end of the study they may become specialists.


III. Methodology

Learning about art is strongly connected to visual materials. At this stage of developing the course we are transferring reproductions from the books and other illustrations to a digital form, so that students can get them on CD. The course is devided in two parts: lectures and seminars. After each lecture students ask questions about the subject, and in the seminars the discussion is obligatory. We have luck to live in the city with lots of considerable monuments of Romanesque and Gothic art, so that we hold approximately half of our seminars outside the classroom, in direct contact with objects of art.


IV.  Content

The course of Romanesque and Gothic art has two hours of lectures and two hours of seminars each week. The lectures mostly contain topics related to the European art, and seminars are related to the Croatian art.


A week-by-week division is as following:


1. Historical background of Romanesque art.

2. Romanesque architecture in France (Burgundy, Central and West France, Languedoc and South-west France, Provence, Ille-de-France, North-East France, Normandy and Britainy).

3. Romanesque architecture in England.

4. Romanesque architecture in Germany.

5. Romanesque architecture in Italy (North Italy, Middle Italy, South Italy).

6. Romanesque architecture in other countries (Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherland, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia).

7. Romanesque architecture in Croatia.

8. Romanesque sculpture in France (schools of Province, Languedoc and Burgundy).

9. Romanesque sculpture in Italy (North Italy, Middle Italy, South Italy).

10. Romanesque sculpture in other countries (Spain, Portugal, England, Germany, Belgium, Netherland, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia).

11. Romanesque sculpture in Croatia.

12. Romanesque mural painting.

13. Romanesque painting on wood and miniatures.

14. Romanesque painting in Croatia.

15. Romanesque goldwork.

16. The age of Gothic art.

17. Gothic architecture in France (development of gothic architecture in Ille-de-France and spread to other regions).

18. Gothic architecture in England and Germany.

19. Gothic architecture in Italy and Spain.

20. Gothic architecture in other countries (Portugal, Belgium, Netherland, Sweden, Austria, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia).

21. Gothic architecture in Croatia.

22. Gothic sculpture in France (Chartres, Paris, Reims, Amiens, Strasbourg ..).

23. Gothic sculpture in Germany and Austria (Bamberg, Naumburg ...).

24. Gothic sculpture in Italy (Nicolň Pisano, Giovanni Pisano ...).

25.Gothic sculpture in other countries (Spain, Portugal, England, Belgium, Netherland, Poland, Czechia, Hungary, Slovenia).

26. Gothic sculpture in Croatia.

27. Gothic painting in Italy.

28. Gothic painting in other countries.

29. Gothic painting in Croatia.

30. Gothic goldwork.



1. Benedictine architecture in the 11th century in Dalmatia.

2. Zadar Cathedral.

3. St. Chrysogonus church in Zadar.

4. Gislebertus.

5. Benedetto Antelami.

6. Origin of Romanesque sculpture in Dalmatia.

7. Radovan's portal of Trogor Cathedral.

8. Andrija Buvina.

9. Romanesque mural paintings in Istria and Dalmatia.

10. Paintings at the Permanent Exhibition of Sacral Art in Zadar.

11. Sculptures at the Permanent Exhibition of Sacral Art in Zadar.

12. Chartres Cathedral.

13. Zagreb Cathedral.

14. Franciscan monastery in Zadar.

15. Franciscan monastery in Dubrovnik.

16. Nicolň and Giovanni Pisano.

17. Tilman Riemenschneider.

18. Paolo da Sulmona.

19. Bonino da Milano.

20. Matteo Moronzon.

21. Juraj Matejev Dalmatinac.

22. Andrija Aleši.

23. Giotto di Bondone.

24. Simone Martini.

25. Paolo Veneziano.

26. Menegelo Ivanov de Canali.

27. Blaž Jurjev Trogoranin.

28. Ivan Petrov from Milan.

29. Dujam Vuckovic.

30. St. Simeon's shrine in Zadar.

Students are also allowed to chose for the seminars some other topics, according to their interests and available literature.


V. Readings

Readings for the course primarly depend on what is availabale in Zadar, and not necessarily what would be the most appropriate. Therefore, the basic list of readings for the course of Romanesque and Gothic art is:



K. J. Conant, Carolingian and Romanesque Architecture, London, 1959.

H. E. Kubach - P. Bloch, Romanicka umetnost, Novi Sad, 1974.

O. Demus - M. Hirmer, Romanesque Mural Painting, London, 1970.

A. Martindale, Gothic Art, London, 1967.

H. Busch - B. Lohse, Baukunst der Gotik in Europa, Frankfurt am Main, 1958.

I. Petricioli, Od Donata do Radovana, Split, 1990.

M. Prelog, Romanika, Zagreb, 1984.

I. Fiskovic, Romanicko slikarstvo u Hrvatskoj, Zagreb, 1987.

R. Ivancevic - E. Cevc - A. Horvat, Gotika u Sloveniji i Hrvatskoj, Zagreb, 1984.



F. Souchal, Srednji vijek, Rijeka, 1968.

H. H. Hofstätter, Kasni srednji vijek, Rijeka, 1968.

C. R. Morey, Mediaeval Art, New York, 1942.

N. Pevsner, An Outline of European Architecture, London, 1964.

H. E. Kubach, Architettura romanica, Milan, 1972.

M. Aubert - M. Pobé - J. Gantner, Gallia romanica, Beograd, 1963.

P. Belli D'Elia, Italia romanica, Beograd, 1964.

H. Busch, Germania romanica, Beograd, 1965.

M. Durliat, Hispania romanica, Wien, 1962.

R. Th. Stoll - J. Roubier, Britania romanica, Wien, 1966.

A. Tuulse, Scandinavia romanica, Wien, 1968.

M. Aubert, L'Art Roman en France, Paris, 1961.

H. Decker, Romanesque Art in Italy, London, 1960.

P. de Palol - M. Hirmer, Španija, Beograd, 1976.

B. Rupreht, Romanicka skulptura u Francuskoj, Beograd, 1979.

E. Mâle, L'Art Religieux du XIIe sičcle en France, Paris, 1953.

C. L. Rigghianti, Medioevo Europeo: Storia della scultura nel Mondo, Verona, 1978.

G. H. Crichton, Romanesque sculpture in Italy, London, 1954.

E. B. Garrison, Italian Romanesque Panel Painting, Florence, 1949.

A. C. Quintavalle, Benedetto Antelami, Milano, 1990.

K. H. Clasen, Die gotische Baukunst, Wildpark-Potsdam, 1930.

L. Grodecki, Gothic Architecture, New York, 1985.

P. Frankl, Gothic Architecture, Harmondsworth, 1962.

M. Pobé, Splendeur gothique en France, Paris, 1964.

H. Decker, L'Italie gothique, Paris, 1964.

J. Pope-Hennessy, Italian Gothic Sculpture, London, 1955.

W. Sauerlander, La sculpture gothique en France, 1140-1270, Paris, 1972.

H. Focillon, Art d'Occident. Le Moyen age roman et gothique, Paris, 1955.

P. Toesca, Il Medio Evo: Storia dell'arte italiana, Torino, 1927.

M. Rickert, Painting in Britain. The Middle Ages, London, 1954.

L. Stone, Sculpture in Britain. The Middle Ages, London, 1955.

M. Aubert, La Cathédrale de Chartres, Paris, 1952.

G. Cattaneo - E. Baccheschi, Duccio, Milano, 1972.

G. Vigorelli - E. Baccheschi, Giotto, Milano, 1968.

M. Milani - E. Baccheschi, Giotto, Milano, 1975.

G. Contini - M. C. Gozzoli, Simone Martini, Milano, 1970.

E. Micheletti, Gentile da Fabriano, Milano, 1976.

V. W. Egbert, Mediaeval Artist at Work, Princeton, 1967.

E. Panofski, Goticka arhitektura i skolastika, Život umjetnosti 47, Zagreb, 1990.

J. Huizinga, Jesen srednjeg vijeka, Zagreb, 1991.

A. Erlande-Brandenburg, Katedrala, Zagreb, 1997.

G. Duby, Le Temps des cathédrales, Paris, 1976.

J. Le Goff, Srednjovjekovna civilizacija Zapadna Evrope, Beograd, 1973.

L. Mumford, Grad u historiji, Zagreb, 1988.

A. Badurina, Minijatura u Hrvatskoj, Zagreb, 1987.

I. Fiskovic - N. Jakšic - J. Belamaric - I. Matejcic - D. Baricevic - R. Tomic - T. Maroevic - I. Lentic, Tisucu godina hrvatske skulpture, Zagreb, 1997.

C. Fiskovic, Dalmatinske freske, Zagreb, 1965.

V. Radauš, Srednjovjekovni spomenici Slavonije, Zagreb, 1973.

C. Fiskovic, Radovan, Zagreb, 1951.

Lj. Karaman, Buvina, Rad HAZU, Zagreb, 1942.

B. Fucic, Istarske freske, Zagreb, 1963.

C. Fiskovic, Prvi poznati dubrovacki graditelji, Dubrovnik, 1955.

C. Fiskovic, Zadarski sredovjecni majstori, Split, 1959.

M. Domijan - I. Petricioli - P. Vežic, Sjaj zadarskih riznica, Zagreb, 1990.

A. Deanovic - Ž. Corak, Zagrebacka katedrala, Zagreb, 1988.

A. Deanovic, Kapela Sv. Stjepana u Zagrebu, Zagreb, 1995.

D. Vukicevic-Samaržija, Sakralna goticka arhitektura u Slavoniji, Zagreb, 1986.

D. Vukicevic-Samaržija, Goticke crkve Hrvatskog Zagorja, Zagreb, 1993.

E. Hilje, Goticko slikarstvo u Zadru, Zagreb, 1999.

E. Hilje, Spomenici srednjovjekovnog graditeljstva na otoku Pagu, Zadar, 1999.

I. Petricioli, Obrada drvata u Zadru u doba gotike, Zagreb, 1972.

I. Petricioli, Tragom srednjovjekovnih umjetnika, Zagreb, 1983.

G. Gamulin, Bogorodica s Djetetom u hrvatskoj umjetnosti, Zagreb, 1971.

G. Gamulin, Slikana raspela u Hrvatskoj, Zagreb, 1983.

V. Zlamalik, Paolo Veneziano i njegov krug, Zagreb, 1967.

K. Prijatelj - I. Fiskovic - D. Domancic - Z. D. Stancic - V. Gligo, Blaž Jurjev Trogiranin, Zagreb, 1987.

B. Fucic, Vincent iz Kastva, Zagreb, 1992.

V. Ekl, Goticko kiparstvo u Istri, Zagreb, 1982.

I. Petricioli, Škrinja Sv. Šimuna u Zadru, Zagreb, 1983.

K. Prijatelj, Dalmatinsko slikarstvo 15. i 16. st., Zagreb, 1983.

Lj. Karaman, Umjetnost XV i XVI stoljeca u Dalmaciji, Zagreb, 1933.

C. Fiskovic, Juraj Dalmatinac, Zagreb, 1988.

Periodic: Arte Veneta, Bollettino d'Arte, Critica dell'Arte, The Bvrlington Magazine, Prilozi povijesti umjetnosti u Dalmaciji, Peristil, Radovi Filozofskog fakulteta u Zadru, Diadora, Radovi Zavoda za povijesne znanosti HAZU u Zadru, Radovi Instituta za povijest umjetnosti, Starohrvatska prosvjeta, Hortus Artium Medievalium.

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