ARTHC 310

Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Comparative Arts and Letters College of Humanities

Course Description

Survey of Christian art in the Roman and Byzantine Empire from ca. 200 to 1453.

When Taught

Fall

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

Art and Architecture

Learning Outcome

Students will develop abilities to observe, appreciate, and analyze aspects of art and architecture as cultural artifacts, including style, function, structure, historical influences, symbolism, and unity of expression.

Title

Term Paper

Learning Outcome

Students will acquire deeper knowledge of specific topics in Early Christian and Byzantine art and architecture through research and writing a term paper.

Title

Historical Research and Writing

Learning Outcome

Students will gain experience and skill in art historical research and writing.

Title

Understanding of History

Learning Outcome

Students will gain a general understanding of the history of Early Christian and Byzantine art and architecture from its beginnings in the third century through the collapse of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. The class will cover the evolution of ideas about art and architecture, the use of art as an expression of religious, political and social ideas, the advances in technology that made new forms possible, and key monuments. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these ideas through class discussion, examinations, and research papers.