Art 101: Prehistoric through Medieval Art
Spring 2003

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Date Due: April 28, 2003

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Worksheet #18
Chapter 8: Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Janson's explains that there is a great "contrast between exterior and interior" in Early Christian religious architecture. Using the church of S. Apollinare as an example, explain where this contrast is found. In your own words, explain why this contrast occurs?

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What new art form emerged in consequence to the rapid growth of Early Christian architecture? Why does Janson describe this technique as "essentially without precedent" even though it had been in use since the Sumerian civilization?

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Janson's explains that the goal of wall mosaics was to "achieve an illusion of unreality." Using the Good Shepherd and the mosaics of Emperor Justinian, Empress Theodora and their Attendants as examples, explain in your own words how this illusion of unreality is achieved.

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Describe the new Byzantine ideal of beauty that the mosaics of Justinian and Theodora present? What does this new ideal tell us about the values and beliefs of Byzantine people?

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