2023-2024 / HAAR0007-1

History of Art and Archaeology : the modern era : the 19th century


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 


Julie Bawin

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Description of the teaching unit

This introductory course, given ex cathedra on the basis of a slide show projection, is guided by three imperatives that determine the method by which the works are analyzed:

1. To provide historical, stylistic and iconographic informations, as well as any insights (philosophical, sociological, political, economic, scientific, literary, etc.) useful for understanding the forms of artistic expression that succeeded and/or opposed each other in the 19th century.

2. Contextualize, i.e. link the history of creation with cultural, political, economic and social history.

3. Familiarize students with the theoretical concepts and interpretive tools used to analyze works of art.

This course, aimed primarily at first-year undergraduates, is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and concepts needed to understand artistic creation from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century.


Table of contents

The course is divided into two main parts.

Part 1: "The classical ideal and Romanticism". From the end of the 18th century to the 1850s.
Part 2: "A time of rupture, scandal and renewal". From the 1850s to the 1900s.

Details of the table of contents are included in the diaporama, which is given to students in its entirety.


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the course, students should be able to analyze works both from a stylistic and iconographic point of view, and in terms of the broader context in which the works were created. The learning objectives are therefore essentially cognitive, as students are expected to be able to reproduce factual and conceptual knowledge (knowledge of facts, chronology, definitions and comments accompanying the analysis of works), while demonstrating an understanding and mastery of the notions, concepts and aesthetic theories developed and explained throughout the course.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

None, provided a basic historical education has been provided in secondary school

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

To achieve its objectives, the course relies on a relatively well-established art-historical pedagogical device, namely the projection of a slide show (diaporama) that records the general structure of the course, the reproduction of all the works analyzed and the main factual data (historical landmarks, legends of the works, etc.). Each week, the diaporama iis posted online in the "Support de cours" section, enabling students to review the material throughout the term.

However, this course is not accompanied by a syllabus. As a result, students take their own notes, which - from a pedagogical point of view - facilitates concentration and progressive assimilation of the course contents. 

Although the course is given ex-cathedra, students are free to ask questions, preferably at the beginning or end of the lesson. In addition, a session entitled "One Minute Paper" is organized to enable students to ask (anonymous) questions about the the course.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

See : http://cipl82.philo.ulg.ac.be/horaires


It is however possible that one or the other course is given by podcast on e-campus or on MyUliège

Recommended or required readings

No syllabus or aide-memoire, but students take their own notes.

Slideshow available online

On request, students may be recommended reading on specific subjects.

Two reference books :

  • DAGEN, Philippe, HANNON, Françoise et MINNAERT, Jean-Baptiste (éds), Histoire de l'art.
Époque contemporaine : XIXe-XXIe siècles, Paris, Flammarion, 2011

  • TILLIER, Bertrand (dir.), L'art du XIXe siècle, Paris, Citadelles et Mazenod, 2016

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

The examination will take the form of a written test. It consists of a questionnaire with several closed-ended and a few open-ended questions.

At the end of the semester, students are presented with sample exam questions. Explanations of expected answers are given.

Exceptional cases:

  • The QCM formula can also be envisaged in the classroom.
  • If distance learning is required, assessment will be by means of an online QCM (e-campus).



Work placement(s)

Not applicable

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is given in the second quarter on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Le Grand Physique


Enseignant titulaire Julie Bawin quai Roosevelt, 1B, bât. A4, 4000 Liège Tél. 04 366 52 77 E-mail jbawin@uliege.be 

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