This is a course with continuous assessment requiring active contribution of students. The classes will start with readings and discussions and continue with in-person or virtual visits to Viennese museums to examine objects from the Islamic world. Each student will select an object, make a presentation about it, and write a catalogue entry for it. The student will study his/her selected object with its context and counterparts, while displaying an understanding of secondary literature.
Critical approach to sources, adequate knowledge in analyzing objects, and awareness of comparative literature.
Barbara Karl, Treasury–Kunstkammer–Museum: Objects from the Islamic World in the Museum Collections of Vienna (Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2011).
Peter Noever, ed., GLOBAL:LAB. Kunst als Botschaft: Asien und Europa 1500–1700 / Art as a Message: Asia and Europe 1500–1700 (Wien: MAK; Hatje Cantz, 2009).
Avinoam Shalem, Islam Christianized: Islamic Portable Objects in the Medieval Church Treasuries of the Latin West (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1996).