DU1713 Seminar: Medieval Art from Constantine to Giotto II

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Adrien Palladino, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Adrien Palladino, M.A., Ph.D.
each even Thursday 10:00–13:40 K12
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/15, only registered: 0/15, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/15
Course objectives
By means of an investigation of the Byzantine monumental heritage throughout Constantinople, Asia Minor and the Balkans in the period beween the 9th and 11th century, the course is aimed at focusing on three basic points: 1. To understand the characteristic of the so-called 9th-century Renaissance. 2. To provide an evaluation of the impact the late Iconoclasm had on the Church decoration of the second half of the 9th and the 10th centuries. 3. To analyze the phenomenon of the aristocratic patronage mainly under the point of view of its connection with the economic development of the peripheral territories.
Learning outcomes
Attending students will be expected to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the actual nature Middle Byzantine art assumed in its making (9th century) as well as in its further development into the 10th and 11th centuries. At the end of the course they should be provided with all the intellectual tools to discuss and criticize whatever outdated or conventional approaches to the topic.
  • 1. The end of the Iconoclastic period and its "heritage".
  • 2. 9th and 10th-century architecture at Constantinople.
  • 3 The monasteries of Asia Minor and Greece.
  • 4. Church decoration in Cappadocia
  • 5. Introduction to the patronage of art under Basil I and his immediate successors.
  • 6. Basil II and the expansion in the Balkans and Southern Italy.
  • 7. Cultural exchanges between Byzantium and its neighbours during the 11th century.
  • 8. The day-after of the Great Schism (1054). Art in a period of crisis.
    required literature
  • BRUBAKER, Leslie and John F. HALDON. Byzantium in the iconoclast era c. 680-850 : a history. First paperback edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. xxiv, 918. ISBN 9780521430937. info
  • BRUBAKER, Leslie. Byzantium in the Ninth Century: Dead or Alive? Farnham, Surrey (UK): Ashgate, 1998. ISBN 978-0-86078-686-3. info
  • LOWDEN, John. Early Christian & Byzantine art. 1st pub. London: Phaidon, 1997. 447 s. ISBN 9780714831688. info
  • The glory of Byzantium : art and culture of the Middle Byzantine era : A.D. 843-1261. Edited by Helen C. Evans - William D. Wixom. Second printing. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of art, 1997. xxvii, 574. ISBN 0810965070. info
    recommended literature
  • OUSTERHOUT, Robert G. Visualizing Community. Art, Material Culture, and Settlement in Byzantine Cappadocia. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks, 2017. ISBN 978-0-88402-413-2. info
  • BRUBAKER, Leslie. Inventing Byzantine iconoclasm. First published. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2012. xvi, 134. ISBN 9781853997501. info
  • BARBER, Charles. Figure and likeness : on the limits of representation in Byzantine iconoclasm. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002. 207 s. ISBN 0691091773. info
    not specified
  • OUSTERHOUT, Robert G. Master builders of Byzantium. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1999. vii, 320. ISBN 0691005354. info
Teaching methods
Interactive lecture with PowerPoint presentations
Assessment methods
Student are requested to prepare a short written paper about a single architectural context and/or on a group of similar monuments among those dealt with during the course. The output's subject should by arranged with the teacher.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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