Instructor: Joseph Alchermes, PhD
Classes: Thursdays: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11 (5 sessions)
Fee: $125 members/ $150 non-members
The first session of this mini-course will investigate the origins of Christian art and architecture about 1,800 years ago and track the first major transformation that begins under Constantine in the early fourth century. Subsequent sessions will focus on the ways in which Christian patrons and image makers reshaped the familiar forms of Graeco-Roman art and architecture, creating objects and environments that elicited intense emotional responses in their audiences. The goal of the course will be to strive to recapture their experiences.
In our class sessions, emphasis will be placed on works in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.*
Weekly class will be held in the auditorium of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London. Advanced reservations required for the series. Please contact the Education Department at 860-443-2545 x2110 or email us.
**Save the Date! On Saturday, October 13, 2018 the Lyman Allyn will take a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Art History for All instructor Dr. Joseph Alchermes will take participants on a tour of the Byzantine galleries, where you will be able to see all the artwork you have discussed in class. Cost: $80.00 for Museum member class participants, $90.00 for non-member class participants. Contact Caitlin Healy, Director of Education for more information**
Joseph Alchermes’ main research interests range from the Roman and Early Christian world to the art and architecture of the Byzantine Empire with links to western Europe. He teaches a comparably broad array of courses, from the survey of ancient and medieval art to specialized investigations of Roman, eastern and western medieval, and Islamic art and architecture. Alchermes has published articles and book chapters on diverse topics such as art and architecture in the age of the Emperor Justinian, the urban scheme of medieval Constantinople, architectural reuse in Late Roman cities, settlements and land use in medieval Greece, and an essay and numerous entries in “The Glory of Byzantium,” the catalogue of a major exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Current projects include a book on ancient Naples and archaeological field work at several sites in southwestern mainland Greece.