Visual Art

Course Code :2400PSWBKU
Study domain:Communication Studies
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Annemie Leemans

3. Course contents *


Despite the generalised use of images to convey ideas, the image very much remains an intellectual taboo in Western culture. The demise of visual communication is mourned, as thoughts borne by images are all too readily 'translated' into words.
 
Yet, during the Renaissance, an image culture emerged alongside the Humanist verbal culture, which helped lay the foundation for modern scientific as well as artistic thinking.
 
In this course, we explore developments in the use of images from the Paleolithic to Modernity, a cultural historical journey that will take us well beyond the realm of traditional historical discourse.  
 
This way, the student will discover the inherent rules of our visual culture and how they have gradually assumed meaning through artistic expression. We set out to locate the boundary between the image as an illustration of text and text as the translation of the image.
 
All these considerations make for a fascinating overview that at once provides a useful art historical framework for reflection on the visual arts in the Western tradition.