Decor in Antiquity: towards a global sense of architecture and decoration


2. To know sources and methodologies in the study of Antique Art;
3. To distinguish fundamental characteristics of Classical and Late Antiquity architecture;
4. To research on architecture, architectural sculpture, sculpture, painting, mosaic or other artistic productions of Antiquity;
5. To recognize the influence of Antiquity Art thematics in Medieval, Modern and Contemporary artistic productions;
6. To develop innovative research methods and observation skills for the study of Antiquity Art.
7. To develop investigation on History of Classical and Late Antiquity Art in Western Hispania (Portugal).

General characterization





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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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GARCIA Y BELLIDO, A. (2004). Arte Romano. Colección Textos Universitarios. Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC);
GINOUVÈS, R. et MARTIN, R.( 2000). Dictionnaire Méthodique de l’Architecture Grecque et Romaine, 3 volumes. Rome: École Française de Rome;
GRABAR, André.(1966). Le premier art chrétien (200-395). L’Univers des formes. Paris:Gallimard;
KRAUTHEIMER, Richard. ( 1986). Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture. Pelican History of Art. Yale university press;
MACIEL, M. J. (2006). Vitrúvio, Tratado de Arquitectura. Translation from the Latim, Introduction and Notes. Lisboa: ISTPress;
MACIEL, M. J. (1996). Antiguidade Tardia e Paleocristianismo em Portugal. Lisbon: Author’s edition;
MARROU, H- I.(1977). Décadence romaine ou Antiquité tardive, Points Histoire, Seuil;
ROBERTSON, D. S. (1983). Greek and Roman Architecture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press;

Teaching method

Classes have both a theoretical and a practical component. Theoretical contents will be developed through the contact with images, encouraging the observation skills of the student. Practical exercises will consist of text analysis reports and reports based on the observation and description of images. Whenever is possible, study visits to museums and archaeological sites will be carried out, privileging direct contact with artworks.

Evaluation method

There are four elements of assessment:
1. A written test (45%);
2. A written exercise (for example: critical review, Study visits small reports) (10%)
3. A research paper (45%) (25% writing, oral presentation - 20%);

Subject matter

1. History of Classical and Late Antiquity Art: Space, Time, Concepts, Methodologies, Debates
2. Classical Sources for the History of Architecture and Decoration
3. Concept of Decor according to Vitruvius
4. Classical architecture: the classical understanding of architecture; architecture according to Vitruvius; materials and construction techniques; urbanism; the orders of Architecture; public and private architecture;
5. Late Antiquity architecture: Roman and Early Christian architecture; Constantine´s building program; Ravenna; Constantinople; Early Christian architectural typologies
6. Extensive studies on: Architecture; Architectural sculpture; Sculpture; Painting; Mosaics; Pottery, Metalwork, Furniture, Jewelry and Engraved gems, Coins & Medals
7. Notion of Roman provincial art: centres and peripheries
8. Case-studies in Western Hispania
9. Digital Antiquity: new technologies for the study of Antiquity Art
10. Prospects of investigation