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080086 SE Seminar: Style & Mode in the Visual Arts from the Late Antique Time through the High Medieval Period (2017W)

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).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Am 9. und am 16.10. findet das Seminar außerhalb des Instituts für Kunstgeschichte statt.

Monday 02.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 5 d.Inst.f.Kunstg. (1.Stock) Uni-Campus Hof 9 3F-O1-22.A
Monday 23.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-07
Monday 30.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-07
Saturday 20.01. 09:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 1 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-07
Sunday 21.01. 09:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 1 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-07
Monday 29.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 d. Inst. f. Kunstgeschichte UniCampus Hof 9 3F-EG-07


Aims, contents and method of the course

GOALS: Develop the ability to distinguish between style and "mode" (in Latin: modus; i.e.: the deliberate application of stylistic characteristics with regard to the content of a work of art)

METHODS: style analysis, iconography/ iconology, transdisciplinary approaches. The course is held in cooperation with: 090107 SE Latin seminar: The subject of love in various genres: epos, elegy, pastoral poetry, lyric poetry, drama, Christian literature; seminar leader: Prof. Dr. Christine Ratkowitsch, Department of Classical, Middle and Neo-Latin studies.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation and cooperation during the entire course.

Ten days before the block course: upload to Moodle the structure of the presentation, a summery of the results, the relevant literature used and the PPT. Language: German or English.

During the block course in January: presentation (two students for each topic to last for one hour or less) with professionally created PPT (format: 16:9, black background, white type); language: German or English.

The written version of the presentation must be uploaded by February, 28, 2018. (perfect linguistic form, conforms with rules regarding citations, etc., PPT); language: German or English.

Publications, Internet, cooperation with other course participants.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Competence in the academic language of art history (German or English), good knowledge of Latin, superior ability to zero in on the topic through research, as well as good competence in style analysis, interest in the analysis of classical (Latin) literary texts.

Ability to cooperate with other participants. Critical but constructive contributions to the discussion of the oral presentations.

Examination topics

see: “Kind of performance monitoring and permitted scolastic aid“

Using 10 groups of art works, students will examine the use of „mode“ (modus).

Presentation papers (two speakers for each topic):

1) Pagan and Christian topics (and commissioners) in Rome and Constantinople, mid-4th through the beginning of the 5th Centuries

2) The mosaics of Sta. Maria Maggiore, Rome

3) Carolingian art before and after the death of Charlemagne (Doors and grills of the Aachen palatine chapel, the Coronation Gospel; Reims around 830; the triumphal arch of Einhard; Book illumination in Tours; book illumination and ivory carving in Metz etc.)

4) The so called master of Registrum Gregorii at Reichenau Island and in Trier

5) The “jag-style“ with special consideration of Naumburg (sculpture and stained glass); Publication Saurma-Jeltsch

6) Topics and genres in Baroque painting with special consideration of Nicolas Poussin (publication: Białostocky)

7) Vienna’s Ringstrasse and the Secession-movement (in international context)

8) Art under Fascism – Art in Communism

9) Georges Rouault and the consequences (Christian art in the 20th Century/ Museo Christiano, Città del Vaticano; Collections of Christian Art in Admont, Klosterneuburg etc.)

10) Gerhard Richter – „Europe's greatest painter“ (New York Times)

Reading list

See learning management system Moodle!

A pool of relevant literature will be created by the participants.

Association in the course directory

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