Art and Architecture of the Fatimids
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- Course Not Running 2015/2016
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- Taught in:
- Term 2
The course aims to provide the student with a thorough grounding in the art historical aspects of Fatimid art and architecture within a Mediterranean context and in relation to other Islamic areas. Throughout the course reference will be made to artistic practices in contemporary Umayyad Spain, Sicily, Mesopotamia and Iran. Artistic sources and parallels will be explored, as, for example, the Byzantine- Coptic tradition. Reference to traded artefacts within the Mediterranean will be made and specific cases will be studied.
Issues of a new system of patronage and production will be discussed, and a wide range of artefacts as well as monuments will be studied. Theoretical issues relating to dynastic labelling will be addressed. The course will make use of London's collections, such as the new Islamic gallery at the V&A, the British Museum and medieval artefacts housed in the Courtauld Institute.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course the student should:
- Have a good overall grasp of the stylistic range of Fatimid art and architecture.
- Understand the main issues raised by the art historical discourse surrounding it.
- Be able to use the knowledge and skills gained to prepare a research profile.
- Be able to produce effective written and oral presentations on the subject.
Method of assessment
4,500 word Essay (75%) and Slide Test (25%)
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