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: 189
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Total Hours26
Class ID
Course Category
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)
General Prerequisites
General knowledge of High School subjects 'Byzantine History' and 'Byzantine Art' - Having been successfully examined in 'Art History I-Ancient Art' (YΘΑ1)
Learning Outcomes
• Explain and discuss the general arc of the history of Early Christian and Byzantine culture(330 – 1453 A.D.) • Identify works of art from Early Christian and Byzantine culture to the Fall of Constantinople • Compare and contrast works of early Christian and Byzantine art to those of other cultures.ν πολιτισμών
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 in 1453. Especially: •Constantine the Great and its capital •Art before Iconoclasm •Monumental art in Rome, Constantinople and Ravenna •Luxury production: Ivory, manuscripts etc. •Iconoclasm; Macedonian Era •Art in Byzantine Italy •Cappadocia •Late and Post-Byzantine art. The lessons will focus on the dual nature of Byzantine art as visual stimulus and ritual or functional objec ts, and will examine the influences of Roman identity and neighboring cultures on Byzantine art and society Especially: emphacising on Art and especially: , and will follow the arc of the Byzantine state at a high level (ie: political, economic and military history) while highlighting significant themes in Byzantine social and cultural history. We will explore the trope of Byzantium and its relationship, as a category, to late antiquity and the Medieval West by reading a variety of primary and secondary source texts. The writing assignments of the course will develop students’ grasp of historical method and historiography.
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
DVD's educational content
Course Organization
Reading Assigment341.1
Student Assessment
Students are graded 50% depending on the final exam (or powerpoint or essay) and 50% on participation in the class
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (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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