Art history: scientific methods and practice I

larke1145  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Art history: scientific methods and practice I
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Roucloux Joël; Van Wymeersch Brigitte;
Main themes
  • Exercises identification and description of artworks.
  • Learning and appropriate use of everyday vocabulary of art history (architecture, sculpture, painting and decorative arts) and musicology (basic vocabulary and typology of musical instruments from iconography).
  • Identification of the documentary typology and introduction to a system of references.
  • Exercises in reading and synthesis of a scientific article (in art history and / or in musicology).
  • Introduction to heuristics and basic textbooks in art history and musicology.
  • Introduction to some aspects of the study of a work of art and writing a scientific text incorporating a state of the art and a critical apparatus.
  • Exercises in comparison of biographies of musicians, including musicians or actors of the musical world

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this teaching unit, the students will have been introduced in the terminology of art history and musicology, heuristic principles, bibliographic references, observation, description and analysis of artwork, writing, illustration and presentation of a scientific work.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Syllabus en ligne.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General