DU0209 The Christian Iconography

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2016
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
Alžběta Filipová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Michaela Šeferisová Loudová, Ph.D.
Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Michaela Šeferisová Loudová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Art History - Faculty of Arts
each even Tuesday 14:10–17:25 K31
Passive command of German is presupposed.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The ABC of the Christian Iconography
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course student should be able to:
Explain basic terms iconography, iconology, attribute, symbol, personification, allegory, emblem;
Describe a specific selected work of the Christian art and show, how to interpret its theme;
Show a basic orientation in the iconographic literature;
Describe and explain the main iconographic topics of the Christian art.
  • Main topics of the course:
  • Basic terms: iconography and iconology, attribute, symbol, personification, allegory, emblem.
  • Survey of the iconographical handbooks and basic modern literature (see bibliography).
  • Literary sources of the Christian ikonography - Bible (Old and New Testament), lifes of the Saints (Legenda Aurea), theological and patristic literature, emblematic handbooks.
  • Presentation and typology of the sacral themes from the Old and New Testament.
  • Scenes from the life of the Saints, from the Church history; attributes of the Saints.
  • Christian personifications, allegories and emblems.
  • Straten van, R.. Einführung in die Ikonographie. Berlin 1989
  • BÜTTNER, Frank and Andrea GOTTDANG. Einführung in die Ikonographie : Wege zur Deutung von Bildinhalten. München: C.H. Beck, 2006. 304 s. ISBN 3406535798. info
  • TELESKO, Werner. Einführung in die Ikonographie der barocken Kunst. Wien: Böhlau Verlag, 2005. 286 s. ISBN 3205825283011. info
  • Lexikon der christlichen Ikonographie. Edited by Engelbert Kirschbaum. Rom: Herder, 1972. 36 s. ISBN 3451218062. info
  • SACHS, Hannelore, Ernst BADSTÜBNER and Helga NEUMANN. Christliche Ikonographie in Stichworten [1-6238]. Leipzig: Koehler & Amelang. info
  • Pigler, Andor, Barockthemen. Eine Auswahl von Veriechnisssen zur Ikonographie des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts. Budapest 1974
  • Künstle, Karl. Ikonographie der Heiligen 1-3. Freiburg i. B. 1926-1928
  • Waal van de, H. ICONCLASS. An iconographic classificattion system.1-9. Amsterdam 1982
  • Bible :Písmo svaté Starého a Nového Zákona : včetně deuterokanonických knih : český ekumenický překlad. Praha: Česká biblická společnost, 1993. ISBN 80-900881-7-1. info
  • NOVOTNÝ, Adolf. Biblický slovník. A-P. Praha: Kalich, 1992. ISBN 80-7017-528-1. info
  • JACOBUS DE VORAGINE. Legenda aurea. Translated by Irena Zachová - Václav Bahník - Anežka Vidmanová. Vyd. 2., přeprac. Praha: Vyšehrad, 1998. 444 s. ISBN 8070212721. info
  • PANOFSKY, Erwin. Význam ve výtvarném umění : Meaning in the visual arts (Orig.). Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon, 1981. 372 s. : i. info
  • Obraz a kult v Čechách 17. a 18. století. Edited by Jan Royt. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 1999. 362 s. ISBN 8071846627. info
  • Konečný, Lubomír. Mezi textem a obrazem : miscellanea z historie emblematiky, Praha : Národni Knihovna České Republiky, 2002. 260 s. ISBN 80-7050-374-2
Teaching methods
Class and seminar 1.5 hour class per week.
Assessment methods
Final written test, and short presentatins or paper of a selected iconographical theme are requested.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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