HIS4100 Religious Art in the Judeo-Christian Tradition

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Stamenka Antonova

Course Description:

A focus on religious art in the Judeo-Christian tradition, including ancient Jewish and early Christian art, as well as tracing the later developments of Christian art through the ages. The course will also addresses issues of debate and controversy regarding religious art in the monotheistic traditions of Judaism and Christianity, such as the iconoclastic conflict and the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787. The distinct eastern and western traditions that emerge in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions will be highlighted, as well as the effect of the Protestant Reformers on Christian art in the West.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course will give the student the background to understand and critique religious art throughout the centuries.

Why This Course Is Important:

Whether appreciated, disliked, or misunderstood, art has always been a constant in the Judeo-Christian tradition. This course will provide the student with the tools to understand and appreciate the role art has played in expressing doctrine, conveying the human condition, and glorifying the work of God.