..Rozmeri Basic

. Professor of Art History



Courses Taught:


Required Text: Marilyn Stokstad, Art: a Brief History, New York: Prentice Hall, Inc., and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000. Recommended Reference Work: James Hall, Dictionary of Subjects & Symbols in Art, New York: Icon Editions, Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979. Course Description: This course is design to give you an understanding of visual culture. Following the order defined by the textbook, lectures will clarify and amplify the material assigned from the text. Students will be tested on the information in the text, lectures, and handouts.

The following courses are seminars:


Required Texts: Donald Preziosi and Louise A. Hitchcock, Aegean Art and Architecture, New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. J. Lesley Fitton, Cycladic Art, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990. J. Lessley Fitton, The Discovery of the Greek Bronze Age, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996. Lord William Taylor, The Mycenaeans, New York: Thames and Hudson, 1983. Recommended Reference Work: Oliver Dickinson, The Aegean Bronze Age, Cambridge University Press, 1994. Course Description: This course will examine the cultures of the Aegean as reflected in architecture, sculpture, painting, and minor arts.


Required Texts: Nigel Spivey, Etruscan Art, New York: Thames and Hudson Ltd., 1997. Larissa Bonfante, Ed., Etruscan Life and Afterlife, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1986. Recommended Reference Works: Gosta Saflund, Etruscan Imagery, Symbol and Meaning, Jonsered: Paul Astroms Forlag, 1993. Graeme Barker and Tom Rasmussen, The Etruscans, Malden: Blackwell Publishers Inc., 1998. Course Description: This course will examine selected works of art and architecture of the Etruscan civilization.


Required Texts: Robin Cormack, Byzantine Art, Oxford: University Press, 2000. Cyril Mango, The Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453, Sources and Documents, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. Constantine Cavarnos, Guide to Byzantine Iconography, Volume One, Boston: Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 1993. Course Description: Reading and research on selected topics in Byzantine art with emphasis on the influences from the social, political, economic, literary, and religious climate"of the time.Strongly recommended source: John Lowden, Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Phaidon, 1998


Required and Recommended Texts: Egon Sendler, The Icon, Image of the Invisible: Elements of Theology, Aesthetics and Technique, Oakwood Publications, 1988; Vladimir Lossky, Leonid Ouspensky, G.E. Palmer, Meaning of Icons, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1982; St. John of Damascus, On the Divine Images, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1997; Linette Martin, Sacred Doorways: A Beginner's Guide to Icons,  Paraclete Press, 2002. Course Depiction: Byzantine images occupy a principal position at the heart of the Eastern Church and they are an organic part of daily services. The icon represents a vision of the invisible, and therefore a vision founded on divine knowledge which transforms the created work into the “miracle working image.” This class will examine the challenging process of producing holiness and divinity through painting panels.
Strongly recommended source: http://www.iconsexplained.com/iec/iec_idb3r.htm

4113/5113 CYCLADIC ART

The Bronze Age culture of the Aegean Islands with special emphasis on Cycladic “idols” and monumental paintings on the island of Thera (Santorini).  Required Texts: J. Lesley Fitton, Cycladic Art, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, Latest Edition. Colin Renfrew, The Cycladic Spirit, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1991.Sara A. Immerwahr, Aegean Painting in the Bronze Age, University Park and London: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1990.Christos Doumas, The Wall Paintings of Thera, Athens: The Thera Foundation, 1999.


Examination and interpretation of Minoan palatial architecture and related art production on the island of Crete. Required and Recommended Texts: Reynold Higgins, Minoan and Mycenaean Art, London and New York: Thames and Hudson, Latest Edition. Rodney Castleden, Life in Bronze Age Crete, London and New York: Routledge, 1993.Martin P. Nilsson, The Minoan-Mycenaean Religion and Its Survival in Greek Religion, New York: Biblo and Tannen, 1928. Nanno Marinatos, Minoan Religion, Ritual, Image and Symbol, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1993.


Art and architecture of the mainland Greece with particular attention to fortified settlements and funeral practices. Required and Recommended Texts: Lord William Taylour, The Mycenaeans, New York: Thames and Hudson, Latest Edition. Rodney Castleden, Mycenaeans, London and New York: Routledge, 2005. Louise Schofield, The Mycenaeans, Los Angeles: The Paul J. Getty Museum, 2007. Michael L. Galaty and William A. Parkinson, Eds., Rethinking Mycenaean Palaces, II, Los Angeles: The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, 2007