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Publisher: Zane Publishing
Travel Back to the Time of the Crusades & Troubadours
... where "might was right" and warlords lived in castles. Discover the profound influence of Christianity on medieval art and architecture and learn how Christian ideals encouraged the development of a new artistic style distinct from classicism.
A continuous 30+ minute multimedia Overture dramatically illustrates the History and Art of the Middle Ages (A.D. 1-1450). Examine the effect of the Crusades on medieval life, and the important role played by monasteries in sustaining literacy and learning. Study the significance of Charlemagne's reign, and understand why the Roman Catholic Church became the most powerful unifying force in Europe. Exploring this important era in Western civilization is as easy as a click of a mouse. Learning becomes a kaleidoscopic adventure with the program's easy-to-use, click-and-scan architecture that put you in the driver's seat and lets you explore the breadth of the medieval age.
While viewing the Overture, you have the option of going directly to questions and explanations on the ideas being expressed, to full-screen enlargements of each work of art, to the specialized index on the Middle Ages included in the supplementary Encyclopedia, or to the text file showing the provenance of each artistic work.
Just click to study how Christianity became the vessel of civilization and culture after the eclipse of Rome, an era that saw the so-called "Dark Ages", when culture gave way to tribalism and superstition. See the gradual development of an artistic tradition distinct from its classical antecedents, expressing religious and philosophical themes embodied in the Church.
Click again to see magnificent cathedrals, so called because they were the administrative hub of bishops, who sat on a cathedral, or throne. Experience the beauty of these monuments to God, which evolved from the Romanesque style into the Gothic style, making use of the barrel vault and the stone rib, which together produced the ribbed vault. Click again to see examples of the flying buttress, which was employed in the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris. See breathtaking examples of stained glass windows, such as those at Chartres. Click again to see beautiful manuscript illuminations that show delicate yet striking designs.
Learn about the Crusades, waged from the 11th - 14th centuries, which began as religious wars sanctioned by Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont (A.D. 1095), and which evolved over the centuries, into futile attempts to establish permanent Christian strongholds in the Holy Land.
30+ minute audiovisual Overture on the Middle Ages
550+ color photos, may full-screen
Student Encyclopedia with 15,000+ informative entries
150+ interactive questions with Explanations and automatic Quizzes to rinforce comprehension
Customized electronic Glossary
Requirements: Windows - 386/33 with Windows 3.1 or higher (Windows 95 compatible), 4 MB RAM (8 MB recommended), CD-ROM drive (double speed recommended), VGA (SVGA 640x480, 256 colors recommended), mouse and sound card recommended.
Requirements: MAC - 68030+ Mac (256 colors recommended), System 7+, CD-ROM drive (double speed recommended), 8 MB RAM.
Home PC, March 1995
"History is more than a collection of names and dates; what makes it fascinating is its record of how ideas evolve. The changes are especially captivating when seen in the work of the world's great artists over time."
CD-ROM Today, February 1995
"History Through Art is devoted to what might be called ?mainstream' western art. The series adopts a rather fusty approach to the subject that appears to be derived from art history texts of generations ago...History Through Art is the only game in town when it comes to in-depth surveys of western art on CD-ROM. For that reason alone, plus its low price, it is a worthwhile purchase for schools and libraries. But I'm still waiting for the art history discs of my dreams."
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