Teaching

Brad has four years of teaching experience in the Department of Art History at Florida State University. He has designed a broad range of courses including introductory surveys, lectures, and seminars. His teaching interests include the art and architecture of the Ancient and Medieval periods, with a particular emphasis on the material and visual culture of the Eastern Mediterranean. In addition to his primary areas of expertise of Late Antiquity and Byzantium, he has secondary specializations in Islamic and Renaissance art. Course topics include pilgrimage, icons and cult images, patronage, art and war, imperial ceremonial, epigrams, and epigraphy. Methodological and theoretical course topics include word and image theory, pre-modern responses to materiality, and archival research methods.

The following list represents course syllabi that are developed. Those that have been taught are indicated with semester dates after the titles.

Period Topics

Ancient Greek Art & Architecture
This course examines the art and architecture produced in Ancient Greece, from the Bronze Age (c. 3000 BCE) through the Hellenistic Period at the end of Ptolemaic Egypt (c. 31 BCE). The course is organized chronologically so that students can trace the development and evolution of such features as figural representation and architectural form. Emphasis is also placed on the historical and cultural contexts in which the aesthetic and technological advances in art and architecture occur.

Ancient Roman Art & Architecture
This course examines the art and architecture produced in Ancient Rome. Organized chronologically, this course begins with the Etruscans (c. 1000) and ends with Constantine in the early fourth century. Tracing architectural, technological, and aesthetic changes throughout this period, students will consider the historical, political, and religious reasons why these developments happened when they did.

Late Antique & Early Christian Art & Architecture (Fall 2012)
This lecture course examines the art and architecture produced in Late Antiquity, a time of transition from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages. Emphasis is on the processes of transmission, adoption, and adaptation of established iconographies and architectural forms from pagan and Jewish arts to serve the needs of the newly established Christian religion.

History & Criticism of Art I and II (2012–15)
These two courses are the introductory surveys to art history. The first half covers prehistoric through late Medieval art. The second half begins with the early Renaissance and concludes modern and contemporary art.

Thematic Topics

Sacred Journeys: The Art of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages (Spring 2013)
This seminar examines the rituals, relics, icons, and routes that formed the sum of the pilgrimage experience in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. While focus is on pilgrimage in Medieval Christianity, this course also looks at practices in Medieval Islam, and analogous rituals in contemporary society.

Blood & Power: Art of the True Cross (Fall 2011)
In this seminar, students explore the different contexts in which relics of the True Cross were utilized in Byzantium and in western Europe, from personal devotion to ceremonial, and from diplomacy to military campaigns.

Text on Art: Epigrams from Antiquity through the Middle Ages
This course traces the practice of reading and writing about art in the pre-modern world through one of the great, but now mostly forgotten, genres of literature—the epigram. Epigrammatic poetry was written/inscribed on tombs, works of art, and other personal objects of secular, pagan, Jewish, and Christian origin. Through these texts students learn about the ways in which ancient and medieval viewers experienced, looked at, talked about, and created sculpture, painting, and architecture. Using the Greek Anthology of Constantine Kephalas (10th cent.) as our weekly primary source reading, we trace its sources back to Ancient and Hellenistic Greece, and its reception and adaptation forward through fourteenth-century Byzantium. The weekly topics are thematically organized around aspects of reading and composing epigrammatic inscriptions for works of art both sacred and secular, monumental and minor.

Renaissances East and West
The Renaissance has been traditionally defined as a movement that began in the fourteenth century when the classical past was “re-discovered” in Italy. In the last twenty years, scholarship has re-evaluated this definition by considering the rapid intellectual, commercial, and artistic changes that occurred in Europe in the context of cross-cultural interaction. Building upon these recent developments, this course explores the places, agents, and goods of exchange between Europe, Byzantium, and the Ottoman Empire from circa 1450 to 1600. Focusing on Venice and Constantinople, students will investigate how art and material culture moved across the permeable borders of the Eastern Mediterranean and impacted artistic production in both the East and West. Organized into three units, this course covers Early Modern Europe’s demand for Byzantine art and learning, the exchange of goods between Venice and the Ottoman Empire, and the different ways in which European artists imagined the Eastern world.