SP020 – Byzantine Frescoes in Asia Minor


Course Information

Professor: Vincenzo Ruggieri, SJ

Program: Fr. III-IV, 1st Sem, 2 cr., 3 ECTS


The major frescoed circles of the religious buildings of the V-VI cent. – still existent in Asia Minor (Turkey) – will be shown and discussed. Once put into their historical and geographical context, the frescoes will be analyzed iconographically and technically; thence the connection between the frescoes and the theology will be underlined by tracing backwards possible roots to Roman or Hellenistic typologies. One is led to link the ancient and Christian art by pointing out however the differences arisen with the increasing power of the new religion. In addition one has to discern how the image “spoke” within the building and furthermore ascertain the artistic variations occurring nowadays in the present ecclesiastical architecture.


Learn to read the link between ancient art and Christianity, noting the variations due to the emergence of theological reasons; interpret not only the aesthetic use, but didactic image within catechesis of the early Church; see, where they occur, and analyze variations in today’s churches.


V.N. Lazarev, Storia della pittura bizantina, Torino 1967;


V. Ruggieri, La Caria bizantina: topografia, archeologia ed arte, Soveria Mannelli 2005;


Id., Il golfo di Keramos dal tardo antico al medioevo bizantino, Soveria Mannelli 2003