Art and society in the high middle ages

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Art and Society in the High Middle Ages

Art on society in the high middle ages was something that evolved on things we use today in our society. European society was now starting to get into the art of schooling, stronger literature, more philosophers. One of the big issues which came up during this era was the question on challenging Gods existence. Many philosophers would come up with their ideas and try to reveal an explanation. Because there were two sides to what people thought schools starting from the monastery to soon universities started practicing a curriculum of scholasticism which dealt with both secular and religious beliefs. Many schools in this time were being built to suit these needs for education. Two of the most famous Universities for that time were the University of Paris (1151) and the University of Bologna (1089). Some of the most known about medieval scholastic philosophers included St.

Anelm, Peter Abelard, Thomas Aquinas, St Benard of Clairvaux, John Duns Scotus, and William of Okham. All of these philosophers each had their input on European beliefs closely related to Christianity and sometimes questioning the work of the church.

In addition to the evolution of roman society for the arts things such as poems, paintings sculptures, and short stories started to make their way into the culture. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) was a writer who made the book divine comedy which told about his passage from hell to purgatory to paradise. It was a work that was looked at through all medieval literature and extended upon. One of the great writers of the time was Chretien de Troyes (1135-1183), and Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375). They were authors who wrote about comedy and short fiction stories which were popular in that time. Other than that artwork from Giotto,