New: Imaging The Medieval Monarch

We will interpret the symbolism of royal imagery visible in mosaics, paintings, monuments, coinage and ceremonial regalia that were used to portray a divine right to rule whether it be by legitimate succession or usurpation.

Who is this course for

No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential

What does this course cover

We will chart how visual imagery between c. 500 and 1500 was used to project and legitimise royal authority. Areas we will cover include: royal regalia; coronation ordos, coins, paintings, constructing royal genealogies as well as the development of court ritual and the creation of military orders.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Explain why David and Solomon were used as role models for medieval kings
- Chart the development of the iconography used when minting coins
- Interpret the royal imagery portrayed in the Wilton Diptych
- Describe the symbolism of the imperial crown of the Holy Roman Empire
- Compare and contrast the imagery associated with queens and the roles they were expected to perform.

What will it be like

Each week there will be an informative talk using PowerPoint and group discussion of nationalistic imagery. You will be encouraged to share your thoughts and ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment. Occasionally homework reading will be provided. Although this is not an accredited course leading to a formal qualification, you will be encouraged to complete a self-assessment form in which you can monitor your progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

Entry to the National Gallery is free but there will be public transport costs to consider. You are advised to bring note-taking materials to all sessions.

What this course could lead to

You might consider enrolling on other history/history of art courses run by the Centre.

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