Fine Arts | Early Christian Art
A421 | 26309 | Sarah Bassett


Undergrduate student section:
This course examines the origins and development of a specifically
Christian art within the context of the later Roman Empire.  It will
begin by considering the origins and formation of a Christian
tradition of representation in the second and third centuries, a
period when Christianity was as yet illegal practice, before moving on
to a study of fourth- and fifth-century traditions in architecture and
representation that developed in the aftermath of legalization (AD
313) and the eventual establishment of Christianity as the official
religion of the Roman State (380). It will conclude with an
examination of sixth-century traditions in painting, sculpture, and
architecture that build upon and transform earlier developments under
the combined influences of Christian theology and late Roman
imperialism.