Course: Visual arts and media in religious conflicts of early modern period

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Course title Visual arts and media in religious conflicts of early modern period
Course code DVU/SUSM4
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Jakubec Ondřej, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Zapletalová Jana, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Religious image Attitudes to eligious images - iconophily and iconophoby Praxis of iconoclasm Reformation in Germany and its art Sachsen and Reformation art Art and religious propaganda Art of reformation i Czech lands Jesuit arts and its imagery Art in Post-Tridentine Europe Catholic at patronage in Central-Europe

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to bring basic information related to special phenomenon of religious art and imagery and cult of images in the late middle ages and early modern period. The stress will be laid upon key role of images - as visual media within the tradition of European reformations and Counter-Reformation. The images will be presented as special "agents" that bear special functions - stimulation of devotion, educational role, polemic, propaganda, and the negative attitude toward religious images as well. It will show how complex role the religious image played within popular mentality as well as in intellectual discourse.
At the end of this course the student will be able to understand and explain phenomenon of religious imagery in historical context of late middle ages and early modern period. The student will be able to interpret visual media within the broad scope from to official art to popular graphic arts. At the end of the course the students will understand the role and characteristic of "images" in the context of post-Reformation Europe of the 16.-17th centuries.
The student should have basic knowledge about historical background of European reformation movements in early modern period. Reading skills of English and German are obligatory.

Assessment methods and criteria
For acknowledgment of the course it is necessary to be active within the course, study provided texts and discuss on them, and finally, to write a paper (5-10 pages/1 pages = 1800 characters), including footnotes and list of bibliography. The purpose of the paper is to analyse freely chosen work of art from the point of view related to its "confessionality".
Recommended literature
  • Horníčková, K., & Šroněk, M. (2010). Umění české reformace: (1380?1620). Praha: Academia.
  • Malý, T., & Suchánek, P. (2013). Obrazy očistce: studie o barokní imaginaci. Brno: Matice moravská.
  • Royt, J. (2011). Obraz a kult v Čechách 17. a 18. století. Praha: Karolinum.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts The History of Art and the Theory of Art (2015) Theory and history of arts 2 -