Dr Catherine Oakes on Romanesque Art
In partnership with Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education and Alliance Française Oxford
Wine, Worship and Song – their influence on Cluniac art
The order of Cluny established in the forests of South Burgundy grew to become one of the most formidable institutions of the European High Middle Ages. Very active in the arts, the Cluniacs were major contributors in bringing to fruition the Romanesque style of architecture, especially in France. Powerful, scholarly, ritualistic, efficiently organised and engaged in the world’s affairs, its material culture truly reflects the power and the glory.
As a highly performative order with its mother house based in the wine-producing area of Mâconnais, the themes of wine, worship and song provide appropriate lenses through which to investigate the visual arts which it both sponsored and inspired. Cathy Oakes will explore Cluniac sculpture and painting and the buildings they embellished.
Dr Catherine Oakes FSA is Associate Professor in Art History and Fellow of Kellogg College and Course Director of the Masters of Studies in Literature and Arts