Painting of knights on horseback approaching a castle, with text at top that reads: Crash Course: Medieval Art

Giovanni di Ser Giovanni Guidi (Lo Scheggia), 'Triumphal Return to Rome of Scipio Africanus,' mid-15th century, tempera on panel, Carnegie Museum of Art, J. Willis Dalzell Memorial Collection, bequest of Mrs. J. Willis Dalzell

Crash Course: Medieval Art

CMOA Theater

$88 (Members: $72, Students: $48)


Evening sessions also available!

Game of Thrones might not be your cup of tea (or mead), but many of the fantastical people, places, objects, and beasts are based in real medieval history. Spanning 500–1500 CE, the medieval period saw tremendous triumphs and catastrophes—including the fall of the Roman empire, the rise of Christianity, and the ravages of the Black Death.

Each moment impacted artistic expression, resulting in a rich array of beasts and buildings, monuments and manuscripts, reliquaries and revivals. In this four-week course, become familiar with the iconography found in works of art from the medieval period as instructor Jacqueline Lombard unravels the differences among artistic styles including Byzantine, Anglo-Saxon, Romanesque, and Gothic. Don your favorite tunic (please leave your sword at home) and join us for a look into the real medieval world! 

About the instructor

Jacqueline Lombard is a PhD student in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her MA in 2017. She studies the art history of the medieval world with a particular focus on how cross-cultural communication and exchange impacted artistic production. Jacqueline is currently working on her dissertation, which explores how sculptors understood and articulated ethnic and racial identity in medieval Europe. Jacqueline has taught and mentored students across disciplines at Pitt. She has presented her work at several national conferences, and was also a member of a Fulbright-Hays research team that produced curriculum on Ethiopian art history and culture for university and K–12 classrooms.