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010104 SE An Introduction to Christian Iconography (2017S)

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 serve).


Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 19.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 22.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Tuesday 23.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Wednesday 24.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Friday 26.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Saturday 27.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The goals of the course are to understand and perceive the importance of the visual arts in religious cultures, especially in Christianity. In the seminars, students learn about basic concepts of iconography, iconology, iconic, and they are introduced into the analysis of iconographic themes. Through visual presentation, students can identify the main iconographic themes of the eras of Christian art. They understand the connection between artwork and the intention of the Church, to transmit the teachings of theology and religious ideology. The seminars include rich pictures representation prepared with Power Point and handouts.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation, contribution with own presentation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students choose a topic (recommended in the seventh seminar) to write a short assignment about, which they submit by email until 10th June. The assignment is a summary of an analysis of a work of art, using the terminology of iconography and iconology (40%). Active participation (20%). In the last seminar (27th May), students present and analyze iconographic themes (chosen by them) 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, 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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