2023-2024 / HAAR0112-1

Painting from XIV to XVI century


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in history (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : archeometrics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


Dominique Allart, Laure Fagnart

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

Leonardo da Vinci, « omo universale »

The work of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) includes a considerable drawings and manuscripts, as well as around thirty paintings, some irretrievably lost, others known only from ancient descriptions, many unfinished, and some painted in collaboration with the studio. This course traces Leonardo's career, "omo universal". We will define the Florentine's working method: he is an autodidact, a disciple of experience and observation. Gradually, by dint of obstinate work, he overcame the obstacles of his family origins to produce a work in which systematic thought is apparent. We will also focus on his creative processes (in which drawing plays an essential role). We'll also see how Leonardo ended up becoming one of the most eminent scientists of his time, and in addition to his work as a painter, he was also a civil and military engineer, a town planner, a theatre and festival decorator, an architect, a sculptor, a musician and a writer.

If conditions permit, a trip to Paris will be organised to examine some of the master's originals in the paintings and graphic arts departments of the Louvre Museum.

The course is conducted Fridays, from 10.00 to 12.00 (A1/Philo 2). First session : February 9th, 2024. 


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Strenthening of analytical abilities and stimulation of methodological reflection.
Introduction to the contextualization of arts with regard to social and cultural history.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

To have followed the course of History of Art and Archaeology of the 15th and 16th centuries given in the 1st cycle, or, in any case, to have a good knowledge of the History of Art of the Renaissance.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures and review are expected from the students.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is built around ex-cathedra sessions, during which anyone can intervene whenever he or she wishes. A review is also expected from the students.

Recommended or required readings

There are no course notes. A bibliography will be given to students in due course.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

An oral examination will be organised. It will cover the knowledge and methodological subjects covered during the course and the review.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Students will have access to the bibliography and other content via e-Campus.



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