The course covers a wide range of topics related to ivory art and its use in Christian worship throughout history. You will learn about the different types of ivory art, such as carved ivory diptychs, cylindrical pyxes, and liturgical combs of ivory. These objects were often used in religious ceremonies and were considered valuable due to their intricate designs and the precious material they were made from.
In addition to exploring the history and significance of ivory in Christian art, the course also delves into the social and cultural contexts in which these objects were created and used. You will learn about the various religious traditions that influenced ivory art, including Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic styles.
Overall, this course provides a comprehensive overview of the use of ivory in Christian art and worship, from the first century to the sixteenth century. By the end of the course, you will have a deeper understanding of this fascinating topic and the role that ivory played in shaping Christian art and culture throughout history.