The history of adornment

lhart2230  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

The history of adornment
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2020-2021 !

Dekoninck Ralph;
Main themes
The course will consider the history of ornament from the 15th to the 18th centuries through a variety of media: the decorative arts, architecture, sculpture, painting, the graphic arts. At the same time, attention will be paid to historiographical, theoretical and methodological aspects related to the subject of ornament.

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

1 The aim is to acquire in-depth knowledge in the field of the history of ornament in the Renaissance and Baroque, at the same time as acquiring a vocabulary appropriate for the field of ornament, a method for the analysis of systems of ornament and, finally, an understanding of the historiographical and theoretical issues involving ornament in the literature of art and in scientific writing.
The course is structured around a historical, formal and thematic approach to ornament (through the study of certain styles or distinctive motifs, such as gothic-renaissance, grotesques, leather, rockeries, etc.) while at the same time introducing students to methodological study (on the basis of individual case studies) and by initiating semiotic and theoretical consideration of the issue of ornament (through analysis of writings connected to it). The course will make students aware of the inherent interdisciplinarity of ornament by dealing with a great diversity of media: the decorative arts (furniture, costume, stained glass), architecture, sculpture, the graphic arts and painting.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The course will be based on lectures by the teacher or by guest speakers. There may be field trips and also presentations of papers by students
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Oral examination for which the student will have some preparation time (and/or, possibly, depending on the number of students, an individual assignment).
Other information
Online resources
PowerPoint presentations, bibliography, condition report, glossary
Un portefeuille de lectures est communiqué en début d'année.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General