Course Content (Syllabus)
Approaching the art of the early Christian period from the appearance of Christianity until the 12th century it is indicated the spread of the overall art of Byzantine Empire, outside the restricted confines of Greece, in Italian Peninsula. In particular, it is examined the architecture, the monumental painting(frescoes, mosaics), the sculpture, the miniature, the narrated manuscripts etc. that was developed in the Italian Peninsula.
Αpproximately one hundred years before the recognition of Christianity as an equal religion to the others, the painting had begun to give its first samples in the tombs and catacombs that preserved extensively in Italy (Rome, Naples, Sicily, etc.). It is revealed the world of Christian triumph, which, from the 4th century AD started with a rapid development of painting, that gave important works in paintings and mosaics, many of which are preserved in Rome, Ravenna, etc. up to 12 ° century, when the Byzantine painting penetrated the Italian area from Venice to Sicily with many artistic paths and in successive artistic stages.
There are pointed out the most important iconographic problems related to theological issues. At the same time it is analyzed the style of the works which fall within the general trends prevailing in the modern era.
Objectives of the course
The students will discover and reach the artistic beauty, the spiritual depth and distinctive ethos of the art of the early Christian and Byzantine period, as it is formed in the Italian peninsula.
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