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HARC 0060 Art & Architecture of Late Antiquity

This course explores the art and architecture of the late Roman world, with a particular focus on the eastern Mediterranean, from the second to the eighth centuries. The changing needs and aspirations of the Roman state had a major impact on artistic change, as did Christianity, especially after its adoption by the Emperor Constantine I (died 337). The magnificent Hagia Sophia, built under the Emperor Justinian I (527-565), encapsulates many of the themes of this course.

Sample Topics

  • The Classical tradition and Early Christian Art
  • Empire, art patronage and the new Christian Rome under Constantine
  • Church architecture, ceremony and propaganda in the time of Justinian
  • Byzantium in the West: Ravenna and the Byzantine colonies
  • Religious imagery and debate: Iconoclasm and the triumph of orthodoxy
Sample Reading
  • Cormack, R. Byzantine Art. Oxford, 2000.
  • Kitzinger, E. Byzantine Art in the Making: Main Lines of Stylistic Development in Mediterranean Art, 3rd-7th Century. Cambridge (Mass.), 1995.
  • Rice, D. T. Art of the Byzantine Era. London, 1963 (1986).
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