The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Virtual Members Talk | The Glory of the Gothic: Female Beauty, Motherhood, and the Veneration of Christ

Madonna and Child Adored by Two Angels (also, Madonna of Humility)

December 14, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.

Something miraculous happened in the early 12th century. A paradigm shift occurred that was changing the western world for good. The Romanesque period came to an end and made room for the glory of the Gothic, and Europe experienced a golden age in the arts, architecture, literature, philosophy and medicine.

This talk by Dr. Albrecht Classen, University Distinguished Professor of German Studies, will cover some of the highlights of this paradigm shift as illustrated within the UAMA collection. Womanhood, motherhood, erotic love and female beauty suddenly entered the scene, and this has never changed again. Here on the campus of the UArizona, we have the fantastic opportunity to study this paradigm shift in situ and to realize the profound changes in aesthetics, style, technique which determined the Gothic.

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Image: Follower of Agnolo GaddiMadonna and Child Adored by Two Angels (also, Madonna of Humility), Late 14th C., Tempera on wood panel