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The Middle Ages: the Age and Its Art.

The Middle Ages: The Age and Its Art. Clearview, Inc., 5711 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646. Three filmstrips, one audio cassette, one teacher's guide. $85.00 per set.

This set of three filmstrips covers the Middle Ages--from the first century A.D., which marked the beginning of the decline of the great classical civilizations, through the mid-fourteenth century, which heralded the coming Renaissance. Part I (67 frames) deals with the first six centuries A.D., pointing out the influence of classical civilizations on early Christian art; Part II (72 frames) covers the seventh through the ninth centuries, when the Dark Ages covered Europe and illustrates art forms front illuminated manuscripts to tapestries; Part III (67 frames), covering the eleventh through the mid-fourteenth centuries, opens with the Crusades and their effect on medieval life and goes on to discuss and illustrate Romanesque architecture and the artifacts that were integrated into the great building of this age.

This set of filmstrips is beautifully produced, presenting the high points of the period through its art. The teacher's guide not only presents information related to each frame but also provides extended information about significant aspects of each part of the presentation and offers discussion suggestions. It is a program that has wide application, from social studies through the arts. It will be of special value in secondary classes.
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Author:Baker, David
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Audiovisual Review
Date:Mar 1, 1990
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