Courses of Study 2023-2024 
    Feb 22, 2024  
Courses of Study 2023-2024
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ARTH 4351 - [Problems in Byzantine Art]

(crosslisted) ARKEO 4351 CLASS 4752 MEDVL 4351 , NES 4351 , RELST 4351 , VISST 4351  
(GHB) (ALC-AS, HA-AS, HST-AS)      

Spring. Not offered: 2023-2024. Next offered: 2024-2025. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ARKEO 6351 /ARTH 6351 /CLASS 7752 /MEDVL 6351 /NES 6351 /RELST 6351 /VISST 6351 .

B. Anderson.

Topic Spring 23: Portraiture.

Byzantine artists produced a wide variety of images that modern interpreters have recognized as “portraits.” These images illuminate individual identity and visual representation in Byzantium. On the one hand, the constituent elements of a portrait (such as physiognomy, gesture, dress, and attributes) illuminate cultural understandings of personhood. On the other hand, those elements are assembled and displayed through means (composition, medium, and context) that illuminate cultural understandings of images and their ability to extend personal energy. We will focus on the primary sources, including preserved monuments (manuscripts, mosaics, sculptures, etc.) and literary witnesses (epigrams, historians’ accounts, etc.), supplemented by selections from the secondary literature on identity, individuality, and subject formation in Byzantium.

Seminar topics rotate each semester. Previous topics include: Ravenna, Hagia Sophia, Byzantine Iconoclasm, Spiral Relief Columns.

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