Art 101: Prehistoric through Medieval Art
Spring 2003

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Date Due: April 28, 2003

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Worksheet #17
Chapter 8: Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Explore the site www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/icon/hd_icon.htm and the history section of www.metmuseum.org/explore/byzantium/byzhome.html.

What is an icon and how was it used in Byzantine religious practice?

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What was the Iconoclastic Controversy and how did it affect secular and religious art during the Byzantine era?

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Who were the Iconoclasts and who were the Iconophiles? Briefly explain each group's position in the Iconoclastic Controversy.

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What influence did the rise of Islam possibly have on the iconoclastic crisis?

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How was Iconoclasm finally brought to an end? What artistic compromise was made?

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