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080078 PS Case Study: Salvation Depicted: An Introduction to Byzantine Image Programs (2019W)

Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Excursions to orthodox churches in Vienna are planned. The exact dates will be discussed in the first class meeting.

Tuesday 08.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 15.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 22.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 29.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 05.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 12.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum 2 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-20
Tuesday 19.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 26.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 03.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 10.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 17.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 07.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 14.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 21.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27
Tuesday 28.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum 4 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte (1. Stock) UniCampus Hof 9 3F-O1-27

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Course description: Since the publication of Otto Demus’ now-classic study Byzantine Mosaic Decoration: Aspects of Monumental Art in Byzantium in 1948, it has largely been assumed that the interior decoration of Byzantine and Byzantine-influenced churches of the post-Iconoclastic period (from the mid-9th century) is rather homogenous and conforms to a clear scheme with a fixed image program. While particular features – most notably a hierarchical order of horizontal zones moving from the human, via the life of Christ, up to the heavenly realm – can be understood as guiding principles, the evidence shows considerable variation and reveals that there was indeed room for elaboration on this general decorative concept. By looking at selected case studies, this course will investigate the interplay of tradition, innovation and adaptation in the image programs of post-Iconoclastic Byzantine churches on several levels: the individual iconographic themes represented, the question of image “cycles”, how images are situated in an architectural framework, and lastly how to read their function and meaning. We will ask if and how the Byzantine church and its decoration can be understood as a microcosm of the Christian universe and of the ritually commemorated path to salvation.
This course will provide a general introduction to Byzantine artistic and religious culture as revealed to us through extant material evidence and to a lesser extent textual sources. The focus will be on mainly monastic churches with surviving mosaic and/or fresco decoration located mostly on the Balkan peninsula, some of which have maintained their original function until today.

Methods: Students will be asked to analyze critically secondary literature and, where applicable, excerpts from primary textual sources in translation. Methods relevant to the investigation of individual topics include formal analysis, iconographic, stylistic and technical analysis, and assessing the state of preservation, as well as methodological approaches stemming from theology, cultural and social history and gender studies.
Goals: As a Fallstudie II/III the main goal is to train academic investigation in the field of art history and to provide students with practice in presenting the results of their research coherently in both verbal and written forms.

Assessment and permitted materials

1. Regular attendance (mandatory);
2. Active participation in classroom discussions and the timely completion of short assignments (30%);
3. One 15 minute presentation including a handout (30%);
4. One research paper (approx. 15,000-20,000 characters) with citations and bibliography, due by 30 January 2020 (40%).
*Presentations and papers may be in German or English.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

All course work (see above) must be completed in order to pass the course.
* Late work will not be accepted.
100 -– 87.6 points = 1, “very good”
87.5 -– 75.1 points = 2, “good”
75.0 -– 62.6 points = 3, “satisfactory”
62.5 –- 50 points = 4, “adequate”
49.9 -– 0 points = 5, “insufficient” (< 50%)

Examination topics

Reading list

Reading knowledge of English and German is required. Reading assignments will be posted on the Moodle platform. By necessity, a course reserve shelf will be set up at the library of the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (1., Postgasse 7).

To start off:
Heaven on Earth: Art and the Church in Byzantium, ed. Linda Safran (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998)
Otto Demus, Byzantine Mosaic Decoration: Aspects of Monumental Art in Byzantium (any edition, for example Boston Book & Art Shop, 1955)

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