Give a broad understanding of the development of the architecture and artistic culture of England between 400 -1100 AD; ? enable students to learn some of the basic art historical interpretation; ? encourage students to be confident, autonomous researchers within the field and through work carried out in class and through their own independent projects.
The art and architecture of Anglo-Saxon England is numinous and intriguing and from the period after c.600, dominated by the Church. It is investigated in this unit through a wide range of objects – iconic jewellery such as the gold and garnet shoulder-clasps discovered at Sutton Hoo, magnificent illuminated manuscripts from the seventh to the eleventh centuries, monumental stone crosses, reliquaries of carved ivory and precious metals, brass, glass and other high status objects, some imported from Europe and Byzantium, as well as carved stones and monumental churches and other buildings.
The question for the paper Assess what the Sutton Hoo burial tell us of the artistic, trade and political connections of the rulers of East Anglia. (Use general sources to gain an overview of the mound 1 ship burial and the complex range of objects assembled. You will need to be selective about which objects and aspects of the burial and its assemblage contribute most to answering the question. https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/death-and-memory/anglo-saxon-ship-burial-sutton-hoo)