Early Christian art

N.B. This course is taught in Dutch.
In this Early Christian art online course, we pay attention to the somewhat unknown first centuries of our era. Indeed, they suffer from a dark image. In this course, we focus precisely on this period and will see that nothing could be further from the truth. We will discuss the first early Christian images. These were mostly in the form of symbols, made in a kind of 'secret language' and were still strongly influenced by, for example, Roman culture, paganism and other religions such as Mithraism. Under growing influence of the Church and through the emergence of legends, representations developed into the very extensive, explicit and narrative repertoire we know today. In four lessons, we follow the development of representations from early Christianity and the catacombs, through dazzling Byzantine art into the early Middle Ages.


How does that work online?

You take this course online from your own computer or tablet. All you need is a good internet connection and sound. Teacher and images will appear on your screen automatically. If you cannot attend 'live', you can watch the replay afterwards. Registration is therefore still possible until after lesson 2 of the course.


Free trial lesson

Want to know if this course and taking it online is for you? You can join lesson 1 of this course as a free trial lesson without any obligations. You can register for this free trial lesson directly via this link.

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Reviews of this course

A great course I found. Hanneke always sees a chance to make me enthusiastic through her visual way of telling things. Just as she shows, for instance, the development of representations over the centuries, in connection with social and religious developments. It all sticks in your head automatically this way.
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Recommended literature

Should you wish to delve further into the subject of this course, we recommend the following books. This is not compulsory literature for the course.