MES 320 • Byzantine Art
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course examines the art and architecture of the eastern Mediterranean from the end of Late Antiquity until the end of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. It begins with an examination of the Late Antique context out of which a truly Byzantine culture had emerged. Having defined itself against its Classical past, Byzantium in the seventh century underwent fundamental changes which produced a medieval, that is a fully Christian, view of the world. This course then deals with the different expressions of this culture through the upheavals of Iconoclasm in the eighth and ninth centuries and the so-called Renaissances of the Macedonian (tenth century) and Palaiologan periods (thirteenth to fifteenth century). It will look at different media, architecture, fresco, mosaic, panel painting, coins, seals. Finally, the course will examine art produced within the cultural orbit of Byzantium: Norman, Crusader, Islamic, Armenian and Georgian.