HISTART 394 - Special Topics
Section: 008 The Moving Image in the Middle Ages
Term: FA 2013
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Credits:
3
Cost:
<50
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Byzantine art has been both condemned and praised for its static nature and flat surfaces. This course examines contexts in which the Byzantine icon disproves the traditional notion of stillness imposed upon it. These contexts range from the public arena of processions in which icons were the center of visual attention, to the walls of Byzantine churches and palaces where they performed, to the miracles in which they supposedly came “alive”. The responses of Byzantine viewers also reveal modes in which the viewing process shook icons out of their boundaries, transforming, even distorting them. By examining these issues, we may begin to understand the nuanced nature of the icon other than as an epitome of stillness. We shall also examine instances of moving images from Western Europe as counterparts (and sometimes, rivals) to our Byzantine examples. The readings for this course include primary sources (all translated) in the form of deliciously evocative poems, epigrams and sermons.

Category for Concentration Distributions: A. The Middle East (includes Western and Central Asia, and North Africa), D. Europe and the U.S., 2. Medieval, 3. Early Modern

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HISTART 394 - Special Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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20469
Open
6
 
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
29339
Open
2
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
P
26635
Open
36
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
P
26636
Open
10
 
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F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
26647
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
29337
Open
3
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
009 (LEC)
P
29040
Open
28
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
010 (LEC)
P
29581
Open
Wolv. Access
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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