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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Jan 20, 2018
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HART209 Early Christian and Byzantine Art 3 cr.


This course will examine the visual arts of early Christianity from its roots until the fall of the Roman Empire in the Latin west in the fifth century, and will continue with an examination of the visual arts of the Roman Empire in the Greek east until the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Topics to be considered will range from whether the image of Christ might be rooted in that of Zeus or of the Roman Emperor to the role and function of icons; from iconoclasm to the art of monumental mosaics; and from cross-cultural interactions between Christian, Jewish and Islamic visual cultures to the role of visual culture in marking the development of a variety of Christian identities.

Prerequisites: Freshman Seminar

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