Art and Religion

lreli1368  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Art and Religion
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

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2019-2020 !

Main themes
The course has the following objectives :
- Questioning the relationships between art and religion in the long history of Christianity. It mainly focuses on the moments of crisis (Byzantine image quarrel in the 8th century, war of religions in the 16th century, quarrel of sacred art in the 20th century) in order to show how this relationships have been incriminated or defended.
- starting from concrete examples, a reflection on the status, functions and uses of religious images and on the place of the arts (essentially painting and sculpture) within Christianity, with an opening towards other religions (especially Islam and Judaism).

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

1 undertake critical reflection into the aesthetic, theological and iconological issues at stake in the relationships between arts and religions.

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”.
Theoretical expositions about relationships between arts and religion (see object of the activity) and study of some works of art with religious stamp.
Other information
without object
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Minor in Culture and Creation

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Certificat universitaire en théologie (fondements)

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Minor in Sciences of Religions (openness)

Minor in Sciences of Religions (discipline to complement the major)

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Master [120] in Public Administration