In depth: exploring the sources of early Christian images
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB244
Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)
What is the course about?
In this five-week course we will take an in-depth look at the sources and origins of early Christian imagery. We will consider the many contributing influences and motivations which acted as stimuli for the development of early Christian imagery and iconography.
This course is structured around lectures and class discussions exploring relevant concepts and historical questions.
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?
• Secrecy and hidden meanings: Christianity and Christian imagery in the Late Roman Empire
• Classical themes in Early Christian art
• East and the west: Iconoclasm and its effect on early Christian imagery
• Importance of legends and stories: Christian iconography and the narrative.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have a better understanding of the various sources of early Christian imagery
• Have a better understanding of the origin and main developments
• Have greater awareness of important factors and motivations stimulating the development of early Christian imagery and iconography
• Recognise at least 3 important early Christian motifs and their general meanings.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to buy a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
Richard Plant is an architectural historian and lecturer specialising in the Middle Ages with a strong interest in the modern. He studied English Literature at Cambridge before going on to do his MA and then PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Since then, he has specialised in the architectural history of the Middle Ages, teaching at the Courtauld as well as UCL and Queen Mary University, London. He was Deputy Academic Director at Christie’s Education and has published on English and German architecture.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.