2023-2024 / HAAR0029-1

Visual arts technology


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 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 ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 


Dominique Allart

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Artistic creation is the product of an intellectual and emotional experience, but it is also the result of a confrontation with the material, implying the mastery of a sometimes complex know-how. Therefore, technical and material aspects are an integral part of artworks: they determine their appearance, style and meaning. While allowing a deeper and more intimate understanding of the works, technological examination also plays an important role in their expertise. It provides criteria for dating and attribution. It allows us to ensure the effective conservation of works of art, to detect alterations, to establish a diagnosis of their condition and to direct restorations if necessary.

In this course, the following areas will be covered: drawing, painting, prints, sculpture, glassmaking, stained glass, silver-work and tapestry. With regard to each area, information about materials, tools, the practice of technical operations and the manner in which these determine the appearance of a work of art will be considered.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To give a theoretical insight into classical artistic techniques; to understand the restrictions that they place upon the creative act, the possibilities that they open and the effects that they produce. This knowledge is required to study the history and aesthetics of works of art, as they allow for the style to be more precisely characterised, and to approach problems relating to their conservation.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

General requirements for studies in History of Art and Archaeology (visual memoy for example) and for studies in Philosophy and Letters (for foreign students: sufficient knowledge of the French language). Practical training in the techniques studied is not necessary but it would be an advantage.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face and interactive teaching.

Recommended or required readings

Full course notes and bibliography are available on the myULiège portal.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

The examination will combine theoretical questions (understanding of technical procedures, terminology) with a technical examination of works of art and objects related to the techniques studied in the course.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Contact: by appointment on Tuesdays from 10.30am to 12pm (Prof. Dominique ALLART: D.Allart@uliege.be)

Student instructor: Margaux Muller (Margaux.Muller@student.uliege.be)

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