Schedule of Classes and Daily Reading Assignments


 

Weeks 1-5. Reading the Bible, Early Christian Culture and History – establishment of an iconographic tradition and ways of reading and understanding it.

 

Week 1.  

January 29. Read – Introduction to the Bible and the Pentateuch; Mathews,  Ch. 1

January 31. Read – Acts; Mathews, Ch. 2

 

Week 2.

February 5. Read: Gospel of Mark and Mathew; Mathews, Ch. 3

February 7. Read: Gospel of Luke and John; Mathews, Ch. 4

 

Week 3.

February 12. Read: Romans; Mathews, Ch. 5

February 14. Library Research Workshop – Bring your subjects and questions

 

Week 4.

February 19. Read: Corinthians; Mathews, Ch. 6

February 21. Read: Mathews, Ch. 7

 

Week 5. Presentations

February 26. Read: TBA

February 28. Read: TBA

 

Weeks 6 - 8. Early Christian Architecture; begin Iconoclasm and Saints

 

Week 6.

March 5. Read: Richard Krautheimer, "The Constantinian Basilica," Dumbarton Oaks Papers, vol. 21 (1967), pp. 115-140; Book of Job, Book of Jonah

March 7. Read: Robert Ousterhout, "The Temple, The Sepulchre, and the Martyrion of the Savior," Gesta, Vol. 29, no. 1 (199), pp. 44-53

 

Week 7.

March 12. Read: Terry Allen, “Aniconism and Figural Representation in Islam,” Five Essays on Islamic Art by Terry Allen (1988), 17-37 and Jas Elsner, “Iconoclasm as Discourse: From Antiquity to Byzantium, and Part 2 Art Bulletin, vol. XCIV, No. 3, Sept. 2012, pp. 368-394

March 14. Continue discussion

 

Spring Break

 

Week 8.

April 2. Read: Barbara Zeitler, “Cross-Cultural Interpretations of Imagery in the Middle Ages,” The Art Bulletin, vol. 76, No. 4 (Dec. 1994), pp. 680-694 and Robert Nelson, “Heavenly Allies at the Chora,” Gesta, vo. 43, no. 1 (2004) pp. 31-44

April 4. Read: Warren T. Woodfin, “An Officer and a Gentleman: Transformations in the Iconography of a Warrior Saint,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers, vol. 60 (2006), pp. 111-143

Week 9. Changing meaning in reading and making Medieval images

April 9. Read: Eva Frojmovic, “Giotto’s Circumspection,” The Art Bulletin, vol. 89, No. 2 (Jun 2007), pp. 195-210

April 11. Read: Madeline Caviness, “’The Simple Perception of Matter” and the Representation of Narrative, c. 1180-1280,” Gesta, vol. 30, No. 1 (1991), pp. 48-64

 

Week 10. And what happens to Christ?

April 16. Read: L. Steinberg, The Sexuality of Christ and Modern Oblivion

April 18. Read: O'Malley, John W. , “The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion: Postscript,”  October, Vol. 25 (Summer, 1983), pp. 199-203 (available on Jstor)

 

 

Week 11. Presentations

April 23. Read: TBA

April 25. Read: TBA

 

Weeks 12-13. Modern Period and Wrap up

 

Week 12. Reformation and Singer Sargent (both readings available on Jstor)

April 30. Read: Balass, Golda, “Five Hierarchies of Intercessors for Salvation: The Decoration of the Angels' Chapel in the Gesù,” Artibus et Historiae, Vol. 24, No. 47 (2003), pp. 177-208

May 2. Read:  Promey, Sally M., “Sargent's Truncated Triumph: Art and Religion at the Boston Public Library, 1890-1925,” The Art Bulletin, Vol. 79, No. 2 (Jun., 1997), pp. 217-250

Final Papers Due

Week 13

May 7. Last Day – Finish discussion - Review & Assess

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