Fine Arts | Byzantine Art
A425 | 2190 | Kleinbauer


	This lecture and discussion course will investigate the fabric of
the opulent arts of the Byzantine Empire from the sixth century A.D. to
the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453.  It will attempt to
show that Byzantine art is not the anonymous product of an anonymous
culture.  The production of many works can be related to specific
circumstances and people, and the revelation of these parameters indicate
that Byzantine art changed over the centuries rather than remaining
constant.  Different conditions and events explain these changes.  Not
homogeneous, the arts served a culture that esteemed traditions and a
church that promoted eternal values and doctrines.  In this regard
Byzantine art is a highly functional art in which continuity and
conformity were key qualities.  This aspect of the arts is especially
evident in the "holy icons" produced by Byzantine artists, and we shall
see that the icons stand for Byzantine identity.  The evolving character
of this identity is underscored by the secular and ecclesiastical
buildings and their mosaics and frescoes, painted books, goldsmiths' work,
enamel work, and ivory carvings.  By examining selected major and minor
examples of all these artistic media we will begin to understand how to
define Byzantine art as both a vision and a reality.
	Quizzes, midterm, research paper, final examination.