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010089 SE An Introduction to Christian Iconography (2016S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 20.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 21.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 03.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 04.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 10.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 11.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will train students to understand and perceive the importance of the visual arts in religious cultures, especially in Christianity. Contents of the course are basic concepts of iconography, iconology, iconic, and the analysis of iconographic themes. Through visual presentations students will be able to identify the main iconographic themes of Christian art, structured according to certain periods. A focus will be on the connection between the artwork and the intention of the Church to transmit certain theological doctrines and religious ideas. The seminar will work intensively with pictures, oresented by Power Point presentations and handouts.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation, one oral presentation, one written assignment.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students choose a topic (suggested in the second seminar session) to write a short assignment to be submitted towards the end of the seminar. The assignment will be a summary of an analysis of a work of art, using the terminology of iconography and iconology (40%). Active participation (20%). In the last three seminar sessions, students will present and analyze iconographic themes (chosen by themselves) on the basis of the acquired skills and special literature (40%).

Examination topics

Reading list

- Eberlein, Johann Konrad (2008) 'Inhalt und Gehalt: Die ikonografish-ikonologische Methode' [Content and substance: The iconographic-iconological method], in H. Belting, H. Dilly, W. Kemp. W. Sauerlander and M. Warnke (eds.), Kunstgeschichte. Eine Einführung [Art History. An Introduction]. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag. pp. 175-197.
- Straten, Roelof van (1994) An introduction to iconography. Yverdon, Switzerland; Langhorne, Pa.: Gordon and Breach.
- Kirschbaum, Engelbert ed. (1968-1976.) Lexikon der christlichen Ikonographie. Rome: Herder.
- Florensky, Pavel (1922 / 1996) Iconostasis. Oakwood Publications.
- Schiller, Gertrud (1971-1972) Iconography of Christian Art. Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society. (Ikonographie der christlichen Kunst)
- Belting, Hans (1996.) Likeness and presence : A history of the image before the era of art. Chicago Univ. P., (Bild und Kult)

Additional literature will be given in the seminars.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 193 055 BA UF RK 16, 196 055 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 033 195 (15W) BAM 13, 066 796 MRP 9, für 066 800 M21, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (08W, 11W) D31 oder DAM, 033 195 (13W) und 033 193 (11W), 066 793 MAM, 066 795 M5, Fächerkontingentseminar 1 oder (freies) Wahlfach f. 011 (02W) und 020

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