DU2301 The Medieval Art of Southern Italy

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Ivan Foletti, MA, Docteur es Lettres (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Ivan Foletti, MA, Docteur es Lettres
Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
The course will be held by Prof. Stefano d'Ovidio from 11th to 15th November.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The aim of this lecture is a complex reflexion about the representation of the human face in the medieval world.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to:
- Reflect on the meaning of human face representations;
- have critical insight into the theory of the face as it was presented in traditional historiography;
- to orientate in the way the human face is "used" in the Middle Ages;
  • 1. Antique portrait 2. Portraits of the IIIth century 3. Christians and the theory of the portrait 4. The portraits of the deads and the late antiquity 5. Portraits of saints. 6. Iconoclasme and portraits 7. The dematerialization of the face 8. "Icone" and ressemblance 9. Idealization and "reality" 10. Does the portrait exist?
  • Herbert L. Kessler, Spiritual seeing : picturing God’s invisibility in medieval art, Philadelphia 2000
  • Hans Belting, Bild und Kult : eine Geschichte des Bildes vor dem Zeitalter der Kunst, München 1990
  • Katherine Marsengill, Portraits and icons : between reality and spirituality in Byzantine art, Turnhout 2013
  • Michele Bacci, “Vieux clichés et nouveaux mythes : Constantinople, les icônes et la Méditerranée”, Perspective, 2 (2012), pp. 347-364
  • Kurt Weitzmann, Kurt The icon holy images : six to fourteenth century, London 1978
  • Beat Brenk, The apse, the image and the icon: an historical perspective of the apse as a space for images, Wiesbaden 2010
Teaching methods
Interactive lecture with images
Assessment methods
Written Exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught only once.
The course is taught: in blocks.

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