MEDVL 4350

MEDVL 4350

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2014-2015.

The installation and dissemination of portraits of living political leaders ("rulers") is frequently perceived as a hallmark of twentieth-century regimes, especially those labeled as "totalitarian" or "dictatorial." Likewise, the mockery or destruction of these monuments is seen as a potent act of political resistance. These phenomena, together with the related concept of "propaganda," have exerted a strong influence on the interpretation of pre-modern ruler portraits. This course will encourage students to think critically about visual cultures of political rule and to develop an account of the distinctions between ancient, medieval, and modern modalities of ruler portraiture and its reception. Our primary case studies will be the late Roman and Soviet states, with ample comparative material drawn from other polities.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)

Comments Co-meets with ARKEO 7450/ARTH 6350/CLASS 7751/MEDVL 6350.

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  • 16384 MEDVL 4350   SEM 101

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