Art history

Statues to Saints: The Art of Late Antiquity

Module code: V4014B
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module examines the world of Late Antiquity as it moves from paganism to Christianity. You will use art to explore how values and beliefs are transformed in this period and how this transition affects society on every level. You will focus on the interaction of art and ideology, and how art not only reflects the changing ideology of a society but also influences that change.

Late Antiquity is the period in which Classical Greek and Roman culture becomes moulded into a Christian model, a model on which our perceptions of the Classical world are based. The range and variety of art surviving from the period bears witness to the intricacies of the ancient world.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of art works and the essential characteristics of art production in this period.
  • Demonstrate critical evaluation of principal art-historical literature on this period.
  • Apply underlying concepts to independently researched topic.