Understanding of History
Students will gain a general understanding of the history of Early Christian and Byzantine art and architecture from its beginnings in the third century through the collapse of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. The class will cover the evolution of ideas about art and architecture, the use of art as an expression of religious, political and social ideas, the advances in technology that made new forms possible, and key monuments. Students will demonstrate their understanding of these ideas through class discussion, examinations, and research papers.
Art and Architecture
Students will develop abilities to observe, appreciate, and analyze aspects of art and architecture as cultural artifacts, including style, function, structure, historical influences, symbolism, and unity of expression.
Historical Research and Writing
Students will gain experience and skill in art historical research and writing.
Students will acquire deeper knowledge of specific topics in Early Christian and Byzantine art and architecture through research and writing a term paper.