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AH208 – Byzantine Art

Studies the art and architecture of the Byzantine empire from its sources in ancient Rome to its fall in 1453 and its aftermath in Eastern Orthodox Christian art in Russia, Greece, Serbia and elsewhere. Focus on the foundation of the city of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) and its urban development. The origins of icon painting, the rejection of images during Iconoclasm and the subsequent establishment of a theology of icons. Evolution and significance of the domed church and its program of images from Justinian's Hagia Sophia to medieval monastic churches, influence of Byzantine art in western European centers such as Vienna. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

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