Medieval Al-Andalus

The Andalusian region certainly has a different flavor, sound, and look than the rest of Spain. Today this region is called Andalusia but that comes from the Arabic term Al-Andalus for the Muslim-controlled regions of the Iberian Peninsula. This multi-cultural past remains very visible in the major cities of Cordoba, Granada and Seville (the three [...]

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Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World in AP Art History

In preparation for my NEH Summer Institute, Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Culture through the Arts, I received a package in the mail that contained your usual welcome forms and letters along with a book of poetry and a DVD, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. I decided to plop down while folding laundry [...]

AP Art History @ The Met

This is the Mecca of all art museums (I've never been to the Louvre so maybe that's up there too ;)...lol). I made the mistake of trying to see what it would be like to spend opening to close at the Met...I don't suggest it at all! But to save you the effort, I catalogued the [...]

Veneration of the Virgin: The Art of Icons in Greek Orthodox Theology

Update! our curriculum development projects are live! CHECK EM OUT! One of the fabulous things about the Religious Worlds of New York NEH Summer Institute is that each participant also had the opportunity to create a lesson plan fit for their teaching curriculum. This meant that not only did I get 3 weeks of incredible [...]

Student Series! Protofeminists of the Middle Ages

Feminism is the belief in the equality of all genders, regardless of age, race, religion, or sexuality. Feminism celebrates the opportunity for women to make choices that will benefit their future. Though feminism may not have existed as it does today, brave women of medieval Europe challenged what it meant to be a women in [...]

Student Series! Saints & Disease: Pray the Pain Away

A saint, generally, is a holy person, while a patron saint is a holy figure associated with an issue/problem, and you’d pray to G-d through that saint to resolve the issue. Saints and patron saints aren’t worshipped themselves, but their status as close to God allows the saints to be respected and venerated by their followers. [...]

Student Series! Medieval Church Architecture

During the Middle Ages religion and worship were a large part of daily life. As Christianity's beliefs progressed, grew stronger and spread further, larger and larger churches were rapidly constructed. Massive stone buildings with ornate and detailed architecture quickly spread through Medieval Europe. Most medieval churches were shaped like a cross; this layout had a [...]