Byzantine Art and Architecture in Ravenna

Ref: C2343653

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Ravenna is a small city on the southern edge of the River Po delta in North Eastern Italy. It was the last capital of the Roman Empire as well as the capital of the Byzantine Empire in the west from 402 to 751 AD. The city contains 4 major decorated churches and four other important monuments; it is noted for the surviving mosaic decoration on 7 monuments dating from the late Roman, the Ostrogothic and the early Byzantine periods, something unique in Western Europe. This course will introduce students to the magnificent buildings and their amazing polychrome mosaic schemes of decoration as well as their history.

Course aim

The course will introduce students to the important Roman, Ostrogothic and Early Byzantine buildings of Ravenna - the last capital of the Roman Empire, capital of the Ostrogothic kingdom and capital of the Byzantine Empire in the west, 402 to 751 AD.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Outline the History of Ravenna as a capital city.
  • Describe the important buildings found in Ravenna.
  • Show how imperial ambition was responsible for the amazing decoration on the structures.
  • Appreciate the skills of the ancient craftsmen who created the buildings of Ravenna.
  • Understand the forces which allowed some buildings to remain while others were lost.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Early Christian & Byzantine Art, John Lowden, Phaidon Press Londom 1997 Ravenna, the capital of the mosaic, Franco Gabici, Salbaroli Ravenna 2014. Ravenna, city of art, Edizioni Salbaroli Ravenna - guidebook.

What can I do next?

  • Getting the most from visiting Ravenna.

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Byzantine Art and Architecture in Ravenna

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Waiting List Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our student privacy notice

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