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090093 PS Late Antique Painting between Classical Reminiscences and Christian Innovations (2018W)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 9 - Altertumswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 20 participants
Language: English



DO wtl 14.15 - 15.45 Ort: Abguss-Sammlung d. Inst. f. Klassische Archäologie Franz-Klein-Gasse/Philippovichgasse
1. Termin: 11.10.2018;


Aims, contents and method of the course

During Late Antiquity, a new repertoire of iconographic themes spread in the Roman pictorial context. While on the one hand the pictorial representations maintained a stylistic and figurative link with the classical past, on the other hand the paintings were dedicated to the representation of the new religious subjects. The Roman catacombs constitute an important example for understanding this age of transition. Indeed, in these underground cemeteries developed a particularly interesting art, narrative and symbolic at the same time.
The aim of the proseminar is to introduce the students to late antique painting focusing on its archaeological context. The main themes of early Christian iconography, as well as the latest discoveries, will be presented with a reference to pictorial techniques. Each student through an oral presentation and a written essay will be required to elaborate one of the themes proposed during the first lessons.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be required to choose a theme from a list of subjects for a presentation and submit a written essay (10 pages).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular and active participation 30% - presentation 30% - written essay 40%
Participation is required and only missing two/three lectures is allowed.

Examination topics

Active participation - presentation - written paper

Reading list

J.G. Deckers, H.R. Seeliger, G. Mietke, Die Katakombe „Santi Marcellino e Pietro“. Repertorium der Malerein, Città del Vaticano 1987.
J. Fink B. Asamer, Die römischen Katakomben, Mainz am Rhein 1997.
V. Fiocchi Nicolai, F. Bisconti, D. Mazzoleni, Roms christliche Katakomben. Geschichte Bilderwelt Inschriften, Regensburg 2000.
J. Speigle, Das Bildprogram des Jonasmotivs in den Malerein der römischen Katakomben, in Roömische Quartalschrift 73, 1978, pp. 1-15.
G. Stemberger, Die Patriarchenbilder der Katakombe in der Via Latina im Lichte der jüdischen Tradition, in Kairos 16, 1974, pp. 19-78.
N. Zimmermann, Werkstattgruppen römischer Katakombenmalerei, JbAC Ergbd. 35, Münster 2002.

Association in the course directory

Anrechenbar für: frühchristliche Arch.
im BA: WM früh, kl. Vertiefung;
im MA: nicht anrechenbar!
im EC-Grundlagen;
im EC-Vertiefung;

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