• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course will examine the art and culture of the late Byzantine Empire throughout what has been termed the Byzantine Commonwealth.  Chronologically it will examine the period from 1204, when the Fourth Crusade captured Constantinople through to 1453 when the Empire fell to the Ottoman Turks.  It will look at the art and culture found in Byzantium, Greece, Mount Athos, Cyrus and the Levant, Bulgaria, Serbia and Russia, Crete and Renaissance Europe.  It will examine the art of icons, murals, mosaics, applied arts, both secular and ecclesiastic, precious metal work and embroideries.  It is a critical examination of the art of the age of spirituality, when the art of the late Middle Ages in Eastern Europe met the Renaissance art of the West. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this course, you should be able to

  1. Analyze many forms of Byzantine medieval art and understand them within an art historical context.
  2. Use specific examples to explain key concepts, themes and theories in Byzantine Art
  3. Think, write and argue with these key concepts, themes and theories.
  4. Reflect on and discuss your own learning as it relates to the subject matter of the course.
  5. Select and combine materials on a topic currently relevant to Byzantine art and present them in a coherent fashion in a team environment.
  6. Understanding the art of the Byzantine Commonwealth within a broader art historical context.


Indicative Assessment

Students must submit and perform all assessment tasks in order to complete the course.  Failure to submit assessment items by the last day of the exam period and perform assessment tasks on schedule will result in an NCN

Research essay - 3000 words (50%) (LO 1,2,3,4,6)

Oral presentation and paper - 1000 words (20%) (LO 1,2,3,4,5)

End of semester visual test (20%) (LO1,3,6)

Tutorial participation (10%) (LO1,2,3,4,5)

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Three contact hours a week in lectures and tutorials on campus.

Students are expected to complete an average of 7 hours of study per week outside class contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility


Preliminary Reading

Thomas F. Mathews, The Art of Byzantium, Everyman, London 1998

Robin Cormack, Byzantine Art, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2000

Lyn Rodley, Byzantine Art and Architecture: An introduction, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1994

Cyril Mango, The art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 1972




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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