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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Art and Art History: Art History

ARTH 351 (W) Christian Iconography (1)

This writing-centered seminar presents a global overview of the development of Christian iconographic themes in artworks from the Early Christian period up to the present day. Diverse media including painting, sculpture, film, etc., will be considered in the study of one or more selected themes such as the Nativity, the Crucifixion, or St. Nicholas. Includes classic readings by the foremost scholar of iconographic studies and Christian art (e.g., Erwin Panofsky, Gertrude Schiller, Thomas Mathews, Hans Belting, David Freeberg, Margaret Miles, etc.) as well as readings in primary texts (e.g., the New Testament, the Christian apocrypha, and mystical literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance). Emphasis on writing (including a final research paper) as well as discussion and presentation skills.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-Centered

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Professor: Nicgorski