Art Hist In-Person: Saints and Iconography


Course Details

  • Course Code: ENRICH-0833_ICON
  • Location: University Park
  • Mode of Study: In-person
  • Places Left: 15
  • Waitlist Places Left: 5
  • Fee: $165
Medieval and Renaissance Art: Saints and Their Symbols
Four In-Person Sessions
Wed., Apr. 17, 24, May 1, 2024, 6:30-8:30 pm MT
Denver Art Museum visit, Tue., May 7, 6:30-8:30 pm

Have you ever wondered why so many saints are depicted in art? Why is one particular saint portrayed in a given painting? Why is it that certain iconography seems to reappear? For example, what’s the meaning of an arrow or a book? Join Scott B. Montgomery, art history professor, for answers and more as he explores the cult of saints in the Medieval and Renaissance periods, including how to identify the iconography that’s so prominently depicted in the art of this time. What role did art play during these periods, and how did it reflect the social, religious and political life of the time? How can you tell a Saint Dominic from a Saint Lawrence? Why were some saints honored and adored throughout the ages while others seemingly disappeared without a trace? Examine the general characteristics of the cult of saints, as well as specific saints, in order to learn how to “read” the imagery in altarpieces, mosaics and fresco cycles. What are the attributes or symbols that help identify people in paintings? How can you recognize a patron saint in a piece of art? Finally, placing the works of art within their historic religious contexts, Montgomery leads an enlightening visit to the Denver Art Museum.

Scott B. Montgomery is professor of art history at the University of Denver. His work focuses on medieval saints’ cults and 1960s psychedelic poster art. Among his books are Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins of Cologne and Casting Our Own Shadows: Recreating the Medieval Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.


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Days of the Week Start Date End Date Time Venue Instructor
Wednesday 17 April 2024 01 May 2024 06:30PM - 08:30PM All Students Scott Montgomery
Tuesday 07 May 2024 07 May 2024 06:30PM - 08:30PM All Students Scott Montgomery