233 Module 5 Early Medieval Art Class Discussion 1 Icons and Iconoclasm in the Byzantine Empire

Icons and Iconoclasm in Byzantium





Use the above website at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as a starting point for discussing Icons and Iconoclasm.

It is a search engine for all things Icon. Click on the right column of articles on the homepage, and it opens up a bunch of other websites on various subjects. Click on artworks and you will see examples.

Here is one article on images of Art and Death in Medieval Byzantium : http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/dbyz/hd_dbyz.htm

Here is one of the images from that article :  http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1991.366/

Post examples of Icons from the website, and Icons that you find through independent research. Post ideas that you find in the articles, and through your own research about icons.

What are acheiropoieta? How are they different than common icons? Give some examples. What do you think of the idea of holy images?

Grilled cheese sandwich with Virgin Mary sold on Ebay for $28,000.


How are common Icons made? Do some research on painting of Icons. Here is an example:


Why are Icons typically painted in an unrealistic style?

Summarize some of the ideas expressed in the following series on Icon painting. This is part 1 on a documentary on how images are viewed in the modern world. If you continue with the entire series, in the right column you will see 2/7, and then 3/7, etc.

Icon – Holy images (1/7)



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