About the Course
Discover the art and architecture of the Byzantine empire from its beginnings as the ‘Christianized’ Roman empire, through the massive social changes brought by the rise of Islam and the occupation of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade, to the final century before the empire was lost to the Ottoman Turks. Look at the development of church architecture, its decoration with mosaic and painting, and at ivories, enamels, metalwork, icons and illuminated manuscripts. All will be studied in their social contexts and a short booklet of information and texts will be supplied.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Familiarity with works of Byzantine art and architecture
Awareness of changes in the forms and styles of Byzantine art and architecture over time
Awareness of the links between Byzantine art and architecture and its social/historical context
Awareness of the functions of art and architecture in Byzantine society
Class format and activities
The two-hour session is divided into four parts:
* an informal talk with PowerPoint projection (questions and observations are welcome)
* a discussion of primary sources (supplied in a booklet)
* a discussion of visual material (also supplied in the booklet, usually supplemented with projected images)
* an informal talk with PowerPoint projection.
Your tutor will strive to ensure a constructive and supportive environment in which you may discuss your own progress if you wish.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This course is for beginners and is suitable for anyone with an interest in art. You do not need any prior knowledge of art history.
What you need to know before you enrol
This courses takes place in B13 which is accessible by lift.
You will be required to look at images on a large screen, generated by a digital projector, and to read texts in a booklet supplied for the course. You will not be expected to do any work outside the class unless you wish to (for example, you might want to read items from the reading list you will be given, but not doing this will not stop you from gaining from the course).
What you will need for your class
You may wish to bring a notepad and pen to take notes. You should bring the booklet of materials supplied at the first class to every session.
What you can do next
You might want to do further courses in Byzantine or medieval art and history such as VAH017A Byzantine Art and Architecture in detail which follows on from this course. You should also find visits to places with Byzantine objects (British Museum, British Library, Victoria and Albert Museum) more interesting because you will know more about such objects; this of course also applies to visits to Byzantine sites (in Turkey, Greece and Italy).
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.