2023-2024 Catalog

ARTH 375 Arts of Pilgrimage: From Rome to Graceland

Pilgrimage is the journey to a revered site, often accomplished for spiritual purposes. Whether it is the Catholic Way of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela in Spain to the millions of Muslims who travel each year to Mecca for the Hajj, pilgrimage speaks to widespread narratives of human movement, monumentality, and memory.

Encompassing the medieval and early modern periods, this class will explore the art and architecture of different religious shrines throughout the Global Mediterranean world (including the Americas). We will examine pilgrimage sites as the confluences of multi-media art forms, melding architectural space and fine arts with the cultural expression of everyday people: this includes graffiti, votive arts, and other folkloric practices. Students will explore themes like migration, displacement, colonialism, and connections with contemporary parallels.


4 units


ARTH 170 or permission of instructor

Core Requirements Met

  • Global Connections
  • Fine Arts
  • Pre-1800