Course Code: ARS 212 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Visual arts • Field of study: Sacred art
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Cătălin Băluț
Seminar tutor: Cătălin Băluț
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class / Seminary
Number of teaching hours per semester: 28
Number of teaching hours per week: 2
Semester: Summer
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3

Course aims:

Formulation of cognitive pathways through the use of basic knowledge and recognition of concepts in the visual area.
Applying the necessary methods, techniques and creative tools in the use of the means of expression typical of the field of iconographic visual arts.
Elaboration of personal themes / projects in the field of painting, with all its valences, through the principles and methods established in the field.

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

Analyze from a chromatic point of view a series of practical notions: chromatic contrast, tonal chord, chromatic harmony, chromatic dominance, color rendering. Another important point of the course is the ability to observe, the ability and the decision to build chromatically following a naturalistic pictorial exercise.


Abstract soul




Form and reason

Man and space

Urban landscape interpretation


Interpretation of rural landscape

The significance of color in iconography / icon palette of practical application

Color rendering of the human figure

Perspective in Byzantine painting, point, line, spot

Teaching methods:

lecture, debates, exemples, practical activities

Learning outcomes:

Competences in relating to the environment and culture through optimal transformation / assimilation of information and their processing / communication through iconographic language.

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

oral exam 50%, and implication in seminar practical activities 50%

Recommended reading:

Jaroslav Folda, Byzantine Art and Italian Panel Painting: The Virgin and Child Hodegetria and the Art of Chrysography, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2015, -.
James Robinson, Masterpieces, British Museum Press, London, 2012, -.
Wendy A. Stein, How to Read Medieval Art, Yale University Press Colecția Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 2016, -.