An artistic history of Jerusalem
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RC211
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this 2-day course we will explore the artistic history of the city starting from the Roman period to the end of the Ottoman rule.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
During the first class, we will examine the last remains of the Roman period, with particular emphasis on the most celebrated Holy Temple. We will continue analysing the Byzantine presence in the area and the arrival of Muslims. The Dome of the Rock and the al Aqsa mosque will be carefully investigated. In the second class, we will retrace the period of the Crusaders and their bloody struggles against the so-called infidels, represented at the time by the Ayyubid and Mamluk dynasties. We will take a close look at the remarkable buildings and elegant works of art produced by the Crusaders and Muslim dynasties. We will complete the course considering the Ottoman period and the role played by Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (r.1520-66) in erecting the protective walls that still frame Jerusalem’s old city today.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- discuss the arts and artefacts produced in Jerusalem and neighbouring areas;
- locate artwork and artefacts in their historical, political, religious, cultural context;
- establish skills of critical and visual analysis.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching is intended to be interactive. PowerPoint presentations with a wide range of slides will accompany the prepared talks. Questioning is welcomed throughout. Handouts with a selected bibliography and other helpful information for further self-study will be provided.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other cost for the study day. Please, bring with you a notebook, a pencil and your eagerness to learn a lot about Jerusalem and its multilayered history.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any other Ancient Civilisation classes.