History of Art - Byzantine Art

Course Information
TitleΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΤΕΧΝΗΣ ΙΙ-ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΟ / History of Art - Byzantine Art
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolVisual and Applied Arts
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorStella Lavva
Course ID600001181

Programme of Study: New PPS of School of Visual and Applied Arts (2014-today)

Registered students: 110
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Total Hours26
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
  • Italian (Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΥΘΘΧ1 Theory of Space and History of Architecture I
  • ΥΘΑ1 History of Art-Ancient Art
  • GRL-A1S Modern Greek Language Erasmus Semester A1
  • GRL-A2S Modern Greek Language Erasmus Semester A2
General Prerequisites
1.General knowledge of High School subjects 'Byzantine History' and 'Byzantine Art' 2.Access to a computer 3.Successful examination in 'Art History I-Ancient Art' (YΘΑ1) of the 1st semester
Learning Outcomes
► Upon the successful completion of the course students will be able to 1.Trace the timeline of major events of the Early Christian and Byzantine Period; 2.Identify the important stylistic and technical developments of Byzantine Art; 3.Analyse visually works of art, using appropriate terminology; 4.Discuss important artists in terms of the style of their work; 5.Relate selected works of Byzantine Art to relevant cultural context(s).
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
► This course is an introductory-level survey of the Byzantine world offering a survey of Byzantine Art from the Early Christian Period through the fall of Constantinople (330-1453 AD). Especially: 1.Constantine the Great and its capital; 2.Art before Iconoclasm; 3.Monumental art in Rome, Constantinople and Ravenna; 4.Luxury production: Ivory, manuscripts etc.; 5.Art in Byzantine Italy; 6.Late and Post-Byzantine art In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the Department, the following tools are used: 1. Formal lectures accompanied by visuals: image power point presentations; educational films; 2. Classroom discussion of material presented in formal lectures and assigned reading material; 3. Field trips and museum visits, as appropriate; 4. Individualized assistance during office hours for further discussion of course material and additional readings.
Βyzantine Art, Architecture, Painting, Mosaics, Frescoes, Manuscripts
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
A.Power point and elearning platforms as a teaching tool/ Email το communicate with the students B.DVD's educational content: «ΑGORA» (2009) produced by Fernando Bovaira/Álvaro Augustin, directed by Αlejandro Amenábar and written by Αlejandro Amenábar/Mateo Gil. The story uses historical fiction to highlight the relationship between religion and science at the time amidst the decline of Greco-Roman polytheism and the Christianization of the Roman Empire in Alexandria of Egypt at the end of 4th century AD.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment180.6
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities100.3
Student Assessment
Students must attend regularly (13 classes/semester), participate actively in class, read all weekly assignments, and study all images in class powerpoints. Students are graded 80% depending on the final in class examination and 20% on participation in the class
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. N.Πανσελήνου, Βυζαντινή Ζωγραφική. Η βυζαντινή κοινωνία και οι εικόνες της,"Καστανιώτη Α.Ε.", Αθήνα 2000
Additional bibliography for study
1. Τζών Λόουντεν, Πρώϊμη Χριστιανική και Βυζαντινή Τέχνη, Εκδόσεις "Καστανιώτη Α.Ε.", Αθήνα 1999 2. Χ.Μπακιρζής, κ.ά.(συλλ.έργο), Ψηφιδωτά της Θεσσαλονίκης, 4ος - 14ος αιώνας, Εκδόσεις "Καπόν", Αθήνα 2012 3. Μαρία Βασιλάκη (επιμ.), Το πορτραίτο του καλλιτέχνη στο Βυζάντιο, εκδόσεις "Π.Ε.Κ.", Ηράκλειο 1997 4. Παναγιώτα Ασημακοπούλου-Ατζακά, Το επάγγελμα του ψηφοθέτη, 4ος - 8ος αιώνας, Εκδόσεις "Άγρα", Αθήνα 2011 5. Διονυσίου του εκ Φουρνά, Ερμηνεία της βυζαντινής ζωγραφικής τέχνης, Ρωσική Αρχαιολογική Σχολή, Αγία Πετρούπολη 1909, ανατύπωση από εκδόσεις 'Σπανός', Αθήνα 1997
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