Vorlesungsverzeichnis Wintersemester 2021/22

Veranstaltungsnr.: 040637 (Hauptseminar B.A. / M.A.)

Material history of the sacred: icons in the extended Mediterranean in the late middle ages and early modern period

Jun.Prof. Dr. Margarita Voulgaropoulou
Jun.Prof. Dr. Verena Krebs

online Zoom
GA 03/49
60 h, 120 h, 240 h oder 300 h
2, 4, 8 oder 10 CP

This course aims to investigate the role and use of devotional images and icons in medieval and early modern societies, and highlight the cross-cultural and cross-confessional exchanges between the Byzantine world, the Balkans, the extended Mediterranean and even North-East Africa. It looks at devotional practices of Byzantine art and the dispersion of icons from the Eastern Mediterranean through networks of trade, diplomacy, pilgrimage, and migration between roughly 1300—1700 CE. Students will learn about icon painting and icon veneration in the extended Mediterranean and become familiar with key works of European Medieval, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine art. They will also learn to employ basic art historical methods and theory to identify and analyze iconographic themes, stylistic conventions, and major artistic tendencies, as well as assess the historical and theological significance of Eastern icons. Lastly, they will learn how to analyze and synthesize visual material and secondary sources, in order to interpret works of art in relation to their political, socio-economic and religious context.