Using the materials Module 3: God and Art, please respond to the prompt below in a well-developed and appropriately detailed response of 150-300 words:
As covered in Civilizations (episode 3): God and Art and in the module content, the intentional presence or absence of realistic imagery—particularly imagery involving religious figures in human form—played an important role in religious spaces in first millennium C.E. By pointing to specific elements in the art in the Church of San Vitale https://smarthistory.org/san-vitale/ and by pointing to specific elements in the
Blue Mosque https://smarthistory.org/the-blue-mosque-sultan-ahmet-camii/
explain the purpose and function of religious imagery in both sacred spaces. Questions to consider: What is similar about the architecture and the scale of the spaces? What’s the purpose of religious art in these spaces? What are the similarities and differences in the approach to religious art in these sacred spaces?
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