This unit investigates some of the ways in which visual images for example painting and sculpture reflected the spiritual characteristics and preoccupations of the Late Middle Ages, 1300-1500. After identifying the most important sacred stories and their chief personages, i.e. Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and various saints, the unit examines the patrons and audience for these "images of salvation". What objects inspired devotion and how did these paintings, sculptures and other objects instruct the faithful in the mysteries of faith.

Unit code: DS3212Y (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Identify the central iconographic themes of Christian art in the West c. 1300-1500


Demonstrate ability to use the basic vocabulary of visual analysis and historical inquiry


Manifest oral and written communication skills


Engage a range of primary and secondary source material to develop a coherent argument


Articulate understanding of various lenses (historical, spiritual, theological) through which the interpreter views visual images


Lectures, class discussion and class visit to the NGV International


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Material Culture Analysis 1500 words

1500 30.0

Essay 3500 words

3500 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-12 15:43:54 +1100