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: CH3212Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

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

Unit sequence

This unit is generally available as an elective unit in all undergraduate awards.


Lectures, class discussion and class visit to the NGV International


Name Description Weight (%)

Essay 3,500 words

Material Culture Analysis (identification and description of artefacts)

Material Culture Analysis 1500 words


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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-18 14:16:53 +1100