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