"Generally speaking, Byzantine art differs from the art of the Romans in that it is interested in depicting that which we cannot see—the intangible world of Heaven and the spiritual. Thus, the Greco-Roman interest in depth and naturalism is replaced by an interest in flatness and mystery."
Constantine The Great
Constantine is a really important character in the timeline of art history. He is the one who signed the Edict of Milan and not only legalized Christianity, but implemented it as the official religion of his empire (The Roman Empire). Above is a notable work called the Constantine Colossus, which is only a fragment of the giant statue of Constantine. You can also see the hand and other parts of the statue that made up the giant portrait of him.
It is important to know the stories behind common and popular motifs used in Christian art - specifically because styles and approaches on these story are very important to art history. Below I have outlined a list of important motifs you should familiarize yourself with to make important artistic connections between works throughout art history and between specific works in your image set.
* The Adoration of the Magi
* The Annunciation
* The Crucifixion and Resurrection
* The Last Supper
* The Apostles -- familiarize yourself with who the important characters are (Judas, John, Peter & Matthew)
* The Virgin Mary vs. Mary Magdalen
* John the Baptist vs. John the Apostle
* The Betrayal of Judas
Medieval church floor plan
Basilica of San Vitale
I don't usually post wikipedia sources, but please read the info on San Vitale in the link. Its a good summary of info you should know about this church. It hits important points about the mosaics that are covering the entire interior space, as well as the building / architectural elements themselves.
So I have an update... my doctor will not allow me to return yet, but I know you're in good hands with Mrs. Z.
I wanted to just remind you all that your powerpoints should contain multiple sources (you can find a LOT of sources on our pinterest page, where I had already compiled a TON of resources for each unit and individual works of art in the image set!) I suggest you check it out, and use them to your advantage --might as well use the work I've already done! :)
You will be coming into the exam period next week, and writing two essays, from which you will pull from any and all of the chapters you've already read. Including the three you were assigned since your return from winter break.
YES I KNOW IT'S A LOT!!! You're doing great, but we have to pick up the pace, and since I'm not there, this will be great practice. Don't worry about your grade --unless you completely abandon your reading you'll be fine.
After next week, I may or may not be allowed to return -it depends on if I follow doctor's orders and rest enough and heal. That said, you'll start presenting your powerpoints after midterms. I will expect you to have them complete by the end of midterm week and uploaded to our shared google drive where I can access them and grade them as a part of your midterm grade.
I am also going to require you to create a quiz & answer key on your unit to be e-mailed to me with your presentation. It should include the following on specific works of art, culture, context, geography, vocabulary, techniques used, important information about the artwork created:
20 multiple choice
5 fill in the blank
You are all doing great in this class, and from what Mrs. Z tells me --are very hard working and strong students. I know you can do it, and I know you will do great. You must keep pushing ahead, and if you have questions --you know where to find me!
I will do my best to finish grading your tests and have the grades for you by tomorrow afternoon. I am missing you all very much, and am becoming bored to death. Send me healing vibes so I can come back sooner than later --I really miss being at school! :(
Here is a great resource to help you with your powerpoints.
go to the link above and click on "lesson plans"
You should see three columns - because most colleges split art history into two survey courses (the beginning, and the later) the first two columns list the areas you should explore to find your topic.
Its a good idea for your own sake to also explore some of the thematic presentations in the third column.
Hi Everyone, I've posted a review in the shared google docs account that I listed earlier with the unit presentations in it. I have input the AP enduring understanding and Essential Knowledge for these units within Content Area 2 (Roman and Greek), and given you a basic timeline and vocab, but I have NOT filled in the historical background, or works of art etc.
I think it is a good review for you to fill these out on your own - its a great way to study. I am also not feeling great and am just very exhausted so its up to you to use this outline I made to help you study.
YOU ARE SMART!! You KNOW this material!
I will say that you will have an opportunity for up to 33 extra credit points - and you need to do some REALLY close paying attention to the Greek architectural orders and architectural terms to do well with the extra credit. (PS I'm TOO nice to you guys!!!)