Byzantine Art: Phantasia: Dreams, Visions, and the Byzantine Imaginary

Subject associations
ART 535 / HLS 535
Fall 2023
Registrar description

This seminar focuses upon the visual imagination in Byzantium. Dreams and visions serve as subjects and models for our enquiry into this topic. The imagination is distinct from perception or intellection. As such, it need not adhere to the expectations of representation. Phantasia tests our common expectations of Byzantine image making, and so merits analysis. Primary sources (texts and images) from the third to the sixteenth century are discussed.