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HISTORY OF BYZANTINE ART
STORIA DELL'ARTE BIZANTINA

A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Andrea Paribeni Wednesday 12-00-13.00 Palazzo Albani Department of Humanities
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Humanities, Cultural Heritage Studies and Philosophy (L-10)
Curriculum: BENI CULTURALI STORICO-ARTISTICI
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Learning Objectives

The course aims to bring students closer to the knowledge of Byzantine artistic culture in the fields of architecture, mosaic, sculpture and the multiple and refined products of sumptuary art, so as to provide a suitable tool for a broader and deeper understanding of the cultural and artistic phenomena that characterized the Middle Ages.

Program

Through the knowledge of the main monuments and artworks produced within the Byzantine Empire, the course aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the main artistic currents formed in the capital and in the provinces of the empire.

Particular attention will be paid to the urban and monumental evolution of Constantinople and to the high level artefacts produced by the artistic workshops of the capital; in comparison with the metropolitan artistic niveau, art production from peripheral areas, both within the Byzantine Empire, both in politically independent territories but, such as Italy, subject to the artistic and cultural influence of Constantinople, will be considered.

In detail the main topics addressed will be the following:
• the foundation of Constantinople and the main civil and religious monuments built between the 4th and 5th centuries;
• the production and artistic vitality of the other great cities of the empire (Thessalonica, Antioch);
• the sumptuary art of the capital (ivories, silver, illuminated codes) and the choices of the patronage;
• the art of the Justinian age in the capital and in the provinces;
• the Santa Sofia basilica;
• the age of iconoclasm: theological reasons and effects on artistic production;
• the art of the so called Macedonian renaissance;
• the figured mosaics of the Hagia Sophia and the formulation of a new midddle Byzantine decorative program;
• formation and development of the monastery in the Middle-Byzantine period (9th-12th century);
• the great mosaic cycles of the eleventh century;
• the Macedonian age miniature;
• the sumptuary art of the Macedonian age (ivories, enamels);
• the stylistic turning point of the painting of the Comnenian age;
• the last flowering of Byzantine monumental painting: the mosaics and the frescoes of the Chora monastery

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Frontal lessons.

Course books

Lineamenti di architettura bizantina, a cura di A. Paribeni, testi di M. della Valle, S. Moretti, A. Paribeni, S. Pedone, A. Taddei; 

Introduzione all’arte bizantina IV-XV secolo, dispense a cura di C. Barsanti, M. della Valle, R. Flaminio, A. Guiglia Guidobaldi, A. Iacobini, A. Paribeni, S. Pasi, S. Pedone, A. Taddei.

Both texts will be available on  Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Assessment

The exam will consist of an oral test based on the verification of the learning of the study text; in the test will be used the images contained in the textbook and the power points shown during the lessons. These power points will be made available by the teacher by uploading them to the Moodle platform›blended.uniurb.it where students can freely consult and download them.

In the course of the assessment, the student, to merit a sufficient evaluation, will have to demonstrate that he has assimilated the fundamental concepts and notions; rewarding elements for a higher evaluation will be the ability to link together certain components of the program, to understand the different readings proposed by scholars regarding specific critical nodes, to know how to exercise their own evaluation with respect to the various problems raised, to finally demonstrate mastery in the use of specific language.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Individual study

Course books

Lineamenti di architettura bizantina, a cura di A. Paribeni, testi di M. della Valle, S. Moretti, A. Paribeni, S. Pedone, A. Taddei; 

Introduzione all’arte bizantina IV-XV secolo, dispense a cura di C. Barsanti, M. della Valle, R. Flaminio, A. Guiglia Guidobaldi, A. Iacobini, A. Paribeni, S. Pasi, S. Pedone, A. Taddei.

Both texts will be available on  Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

In order to complete their preparation students will have to choose one of the following books:

- M. Della Valle, Costantinopoli e il suo impero. Arte, architettura, urbanistica nel millennio bizantino, Milano Jaca Book 2007.

- E. Zanini, Introduzione all’archeologia bizantina, Roma Carocci 1994 (e edizioni successive).

Assessment

The exam will consist of an oral test based on the verification of the learning of the study texts; in the test the images contained in the textbooks will be used.

In the course of the assessment, the student, to merit a sufficient evaluation, will have to demonstrate that he has assimilated the fundamental concepts and notions; rewarding elements for a higher evaluation will be the ability to link together certain components of the program, to understand the different readings proposed by scholars regarding specific critical nodes, to know how to exercise their own evaluation with respect to the various problems raised, to finally demonstrate mastery in the use of specific language.

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