Medieval Masterpieces

by  Cleveland Museum of Art

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Rich intellectual and technical achievements distinguish the art of the Middle Ages. Throughout Europe manuscript illumination, architecture, sculpture and metal work flourished under the patronage of church and court. In this lesson students will encounter splendid liturgical objects such as a gold and porphyry altarpiece made for an 11th c. German countess, and a silver vessel for a holy relic obtained from a Byzantine emperor. Courtly items also featured in the lesson include a whimsical table fountain and Gothic style tapestries made for a chateau. Biblical subjects such as Daniel in the lion’s den—seen on a medieval column capital—help make connections between art and religion for classes studying world religions, culture and/or European history.

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Social Studies/History Religion

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, Ohio
United States

Distance Learning for adult audiences at The Cleveland Museum of Art allows lifelong learners to connect with the CMA and enrich their studies of history and visual arts through our collection of art and artifacts from around the world. Through live, interactive videoconferencing, students participate in conversations with museum educators that are two-way and fully interactive.

Virtual learning for PreK-12 students offers connections
with the CMA collection through live, interactive video sessions with a
CMA educator. Explore artworks through discussion, writing, drawing,
and movement.

Lessons are designed for grades Pre-K–12 and are designed to support standards.

Arielle Levine

Program Details


1. Discuss characteristics of the Middle Ages and the prevalence of religious art.
2. View a column capital in the museum’s collection, and discuss how works of art were used to convey religious stories to a vastly illiterate population during the Middle Ages.
3. Define reliquaries (containers for precious religious objects) and brainstorm ideas for such vessels today.
4. View sacred objects including an illuminated manuscript and funerary sculptures.
5. Introduce luxury objects, which were not created for religious purposes, such as tapestries, table fountains, and lavishly decorated armor.


1. Students will understand that the Medieval time period is rich both intellectually and spiritually, a point that can be observed through the examination of religious and secular artwork.
2. Students will understand the connection between religion and art in the Middle Ages.
3. Students will understand the various methods that artists employ to communicate effectively to a vastly illiterate public.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.