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.

Deepen, in light of recent interpretative contributions, aspects of historical, political and territorial contexts in which artistic production attests hybridizations and exchanges of the Byzantine civilization with other cultures.

Course Structure


Detailed Course Content

A - The arts in the Byzantine world: historical profile

B - Multiculture, interculture and transculture in artistic production from Byzantium to the frontiers 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, second edition, Oxford 2018


B - 3 CFU

Byzantium and Islam. Age of Transition, catalogo della mostra (N.Y. Metropolitan Museum, 14 marzo – 8 luglio 2012) a cura di H. Evans e B. Ratliff, New York, Metropolitan Museum, 2012, pp. 400

Jerusalem 1000-1400. Every People Under Heaven. catalogo della mostra (N.Y. Metropolitan Museum, 26 settembre 2016 – 8 gennaio 2017) a cura di B. Drake Boehm e M. Holcomb, New York, Metropolitan Museum 2016, pp. 352.

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

G. Arcidiacono, Pittura medievale rupestre in Sicilia. Il territorio di Siracusa tra Oriente e Occidente, Spoleto, CISAM 2020, pp. 259.

San Filippo di Fragalà. Monastero greco della Sicilia Normanna. Storia, architettura e decorazione pittorica, a cura di S.Brodbeck - M.De Giorgi -M.Falla Castelfranchi - C. Jolivet-Lévy - M-P. Raynaud, École Française de Rome 2018, pp. 255

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.


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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