Students undertaking this unit will gain an appreciation of Coptic history and the theological meaning behind the icon. Emphasis will be placed on the "writing" of icons as an important method of translating the invisible divine, into the visible image. Students will study the important role of Coptic art in Coptic culture and its role in liturgical life. Finally, students will learn iconographic techniques such as preparation, design, colouring and gilding in the writing of an icon. They will explore the meaning, theology, and symbols rooted in the holy bible.
Articulate the nature and aims of icons in the Coptic tradition.
Critically examine the role of the iconographer within the life of the Coptic Church.
Analyse the technical issues related to iconography.
Demonstrate fundamental practical iconographical critical skills such as panel preparation, design, gilding, and colouring.
Apply skills of critical theological understanding through iconographical depictions.
This unit takes on a multimodal approach that combine theological and artistic inquiry through face-to-face practical, online theory and 1:1 teaching to improve, develop and refine student artistic skill in order to complete a portrait icon panel.
1. Andreopoulos, Andreas. Metamorphosis: The Transfiguration in Byzantine Theology and Iconography. New York: SVS Press, 2005.
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Sep, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 15:02:39 +1100