Thereading for this weekdescribes the rise of a Christian visual culture through the Byzantine empire. As art history is a practice of reading history through visual images as primary source material describing cultures a main element of this is being able to decode symbols and understand their greater meaning thematically and contextually.
The Byzantine Empire and the empires and cultures of Early Medieval Europe alldeveloped a symbolic vocabulary thatmimickedearlier cultural traditions. ChooseONEvisual symbol (the halo the Chi-Ro Celtic knotting or even a color like white or purple or an animal such as the dove etc.) and describe how that symbol has been adapted to illustrate a Christian concept. You must include a short description of the symbol and discuss its history (meaning whether or not it was found in earlier cultures and religions and how it’s been adapted for Christianity). Use at least 3 specific artifacts from 2 different cultures/eras (Byzantine Hiberno-Saxon Ottonian ect) to support your argument and try to explain the contextualsignificance of such design decisions. As usual discuss form theme and context for each of your chosen works.
Be sure to use citations from readings (do not use any outside websites or sources unless absolutely necessary – all of your research should be based solely on the links provided in the OER document) and respond to at least TWO posts by other students.
Discussion posts are due Friday evening (11:59 EST).Responses are due Sunday evening (11:59 PM EST).