Anna D. Kartsonis
Evolution of the art of the early Christian period (300-700 AD) in the context of contemporary religious, political, and cultural developments. Recommended: some background in Byzantine art or history. Offered: jointly with ART H 452.
The course will trace the dramatic transformation of the pagan Roman empire to the christian Byzantine Empire during the Late Antique and Early Christian periods through the artistic and visual culture of the time. Starting with the third century and ending with the beginning of the eighth c. A.D. it will focus primarily on the art of the State and the art of the Church as reflections and witnesses of the political, and religious factors that contributed dynamically to the modification of the institutional structure of the pagan Roman empire, and gave rise to its new identity, the christian empire of Byzantium that came to represent a new ideal of statehood that prevailed for more than a millennium.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Courses in any of the following areas: Roman-, Late Antique-, Early Christian-, Medieval-Art History, -Religion, -History, -Literature.
Class assignments and grading
Textbooks, Assigned Articles
Quizes, Exam, Paper, Class Participation