L-FIL-LET/07 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Acquire a firm knowledge of the historical profile of the artistic culture in the Byzantine world from the foundation to the fall of Constantinople.

Analyze, in light of recent interpretative contributions, aspects of the cultural, historical and political context in which the work of art in the Byzantine civilization is produced and perceived.

Detailed Course Content

A - The arts in the Byzantine world: historical profile

B - Contexts, iconography, forms, destinations and functions of the work of art in the Byzantine culture, from the capital to the territory of the empire

Textbook Information

A – 3 CFU

E. Concina, Le arti di Bisanzio, Milano 2002 pp.1-380

M. Gallina, L’impero d’Oriente, in Arti e storia nel Medioevo. I. Tempi Spazi Istituzioni, a cura di E. Castelnuovo e G. Sergi, Torino 2002, pp. 93-120

A. Cutler, Artisti e modelli a Bisanzio, Ibidem, pp. 701-728

We also recommend consulting:

A. Cutler – J.-M. Spieser, Byzance médiévale. 700-1204, Paris 1996


R. Cormack, Byzantine Art, Oxford 2000


B - 3 CFU

H. Belting, Bild und Kult. Eine Geschichte des Bildes vor dem Zeitalter der Kunst, München 1990 (trad. it. Il culto delle immagini. Storia dell'icona dall'età imperiale al tardo Medioevo, Roma 2001)

B.V. Pentcheva, Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006 (trad. it. Icone e potere: la madre di Dio a Bisanzio, Milano 2010, pp. 9-257)

B.V. Pentcheva, Hagia Sophia and Multisensory Aesthetics, in “Gesta”, 50/2, 2011, pp. 51–69 ( )

B.V. Pentcheva, Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium, Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 2017 (

C. Jolivet-Lévy, La Cappadoce médiévale. Images et spiritualité, St. Léger Vauban 2001 (trad. it. L’Arte della Cappadocia, Milano 2001, pp. 13-392)

C. Jolivet-Lévy, Images et espace cultuel à Byzance : l’exemple d’une église de Cappadoce (Karli Kilise, 1212), in Le sacré et son inscription dans l’espace à Byzance et en Occident, a cura di M.Kaplan, Paris 2001, pp. 163-181

J.-P. Sodini, La hiérarchisation des espaces à Qal’at Sem’an, Ibidem, pp. 251-262

T. Velmans, L’Image byzantine ou la transfiguration du réel. L’espace, le temp, les hommes, la mort, les doctrines, Paris 2009 (trad. it. La visione dell’invisibile. L’immagine bizantina o la trasfigurazione del reale. Lo spazio, il tempo, gli uomini, la morte, le dottrine, Milano 2009, pp. 9-170)


For module B the student will choose essays for the number of pages of text (150 c. or 100 c. if in foreign language) provided for each cfu.

Parts of this module will be carried out in coordination with the teaching of History of medieval art advanced course and with the scheduled seminars of proff. M. Falla, A. Iacobini and M. De Giorgi


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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