2023-2024 / HAAR0077-1

Special questions of history of the art of modern Times


30h Th, 8d FT Tr. Pr.

Number of credits

 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 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

In this course, a selection of artworks from the early modern period will be studied using the main methodological tools that Art history has developed over the years. These include ekphrasis, connoisseurship, formalist analysis, iconology, the social history of art, as well as Visual Studies. For each of these approaches, practical exercises, a brief history (major currents and figures in the history of the discipline) and the basis for epistemological reflection will be offered. This year, the Buste-reliquaire de Saint-Lambert, created in the early 16th century by Hans Von Reutlingen (Liège Cathedral Treasury), will be the main focus of these reflections and exercises.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the various theoretical and practical skills expected of university art historians called upon to deal with Western art in the Early Modern period; to introduce them to the major figures in the history of the discipline, the main currents and major methodological references; to encourage critical distance and to lay the foundations for epistemological reflection.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

- Successful completion of the BAC1 and BAC2 courses in Western Early Modern Art and/or complete mastery of the corresponding knowledge (if necessary, revisions should be made).

- Abilities expected of a Master student in Philosophy and Letters (for foreign students: sufficient knowledge of the French language).

- Capacity to read a bibliography partly composed of material in French, English and German.    

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

A significant personal commitment is expected from students. Various exercises are to be carried out in class (reading of articles and discussion, stylistic and iconographic analyses, etc.). In addition, students will prepare a home study on a work of art chosen from the public collections of Liège. This study will take the form of a scientific catalog entry including a technical file and a commentary written in continuous text. The students will have to demonstrate their ability to carry out in-depth heuristic research as well as their capacity for analysis and synthesis. They will also be required to prepare a book review and read a series of text excerpts dealing with the topics covered in class. Instructions regarding these requirements will be given during the course.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Alternating practical work and lectures. Lectures will be conducted by the tenured Professor. Most exercises will be carried out in class. Preparation and drafting of the written reports (see above) will be carried out at home. Date for submission of the reports: 19 December 2023.

Recommended or required readings

Documents and bibliographic references will be given to students in line with the examined topics.

The exam will cover all the material dealt with in class and issues raised in discussions and in recommended readings. The overall assessment will consist of the average of grades obtained for presentations given during the seminar, including the drafting of the report, and the grade given for the examination.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Students will receive information and useful documents for the course electronically.

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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