Between the decline of the Roman Empire and the cultural explosion of the Renaissance, Italy underwent a series of profound transformations. Many of these changes were the result of new influences: Lombards, Normans, Byzantines and Arabs, for example, each arrived with their own styles and had a profound effect on the art and culture of Italy. This short course explores the worlds of medieval Italy, from the fall of Rome to the rise of the empire of Charlemagne and the triumph of Mathilda of Canossa, and from the glory of Venice in the north to the magnificence of the Normans in southern Italy and Sicily.
Lecture 3 of 3 – Dr Kathleen Olive
The Normans in Sicily and southern Italy produced some of Italy’s greatest treasures. The mosaics of Monreale and Palermo, for example, are a seamless fusion of styles and a testament to the extraordinarily cosmopolitan society fostered by the Normans in the region. Their rule was not unproblematic, however, and their presence in the south had repercussions far beyond their realms. Join Dr Kathleen Olive as she explores the history, art and culture of the Normans in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, from their conquests to their marvelous cultural and political achievements.