Treasures of Byzantine art and architecture
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RA178
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this course we will explore the rich artistic world of the Byzantines, taking the main cities of the empire as a starting point.
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 focus on the main buildings and works of art produced in Constantinople. We will analyse Hagia Sophia and the lost Great Palace with their beautiful golden mosaics. In the second class, we will take a look at Ravenna and the Church of San Vitale, the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and the one dedicated to Sant’Apollinare in Classe. During the third class we will examine some of the cities, such as Venice, Monreale, Trieste and Aquileia, where some important artistic traces of the Byzantine presence are still in place today. We will complete the course considering also the superb artistic production in gold, silver, enamel, ivory, marble and on paper.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- discuss the arts and artefacts produced in the Byzantine empire;
- 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 course. Please, bring with you a notebook, a pencil and your eagerness to learn a lot about the Byzantine empire and its artistic achievements.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any other courses on ancient civilisations and cultures.