DU1735 Artistic techniques and media from the Middle Ages to the present I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Tomáš Valeš, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Tomáš Valeš, Ph.D.
Contact Person: Mgr. Tomáš Valeš, Ph.D.
Tue 16:00–17:40 K31
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to make students acquainted with the material conditions of painting and drawing.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to:
- identify and summarize important technological innovations of the major periods in the history of painting and drawing;
- identify and describe key artistic techniques of paintings and drawings;
- describe factors which affect paintings' condition and preservation;
- design and explain a suitable method of technological research, conservation and restoration.
  • Main themes of the course:
  • a) Painter’s books of recipes, ancient theoretical literature.
  • b) Kind of support (types of wood panels /panel makers, dendrochronology/, canvas, metal (copper, tin, iron), stone, paper etc.).
  • c) Drawing and its history and techniques, preparatory works (drawings and oil sketches), underdrawing.
  • d) Gilding, punched decoration.
  • e) Pigments and techniques of painting (oil painting, tempera, encaustic, gouache).
  • f) Techniques of wall painting (fresco, fresco secco, sgraffito).
  • g) Condition and preservation of paintings and its technological research.
  • h) Methods of conservation and restoration, survey of the history of restoration.
  • Frimmel, Theodor von. Handbuch der Gemaeldekunde. Leipzig 1894.
  • SLÁNSKÝ, Bohuslav. Technika malby. Vyd. 2. Praha: Paseka, 2003. 299 s. ISBN 807185624X. info
  • NICOLAUS, Knut. DuMonts Handbuch der Gemäldekunde : Gemälde erkennen und bestimmen. Originalausg. Köln: DuMont, 2003. 336 s. ISBN 3832172882. info
  • LOSOS, Ludvík. Techniky malby. Vyd. 1. Praha: Aventinum, 1994. 192 s. ISBN 80-85277-03-4. info
  • VOLAVKA, Vojtěch. Malba a malířský rukopis : úvod do studia malířského rukopisu. V Praze: Státní grafická škola, 1939. info
  • FRINTA, Mojmír Svatopluk. Punched decoration on late Medieval panel and miniature painting. Prague: Maxdorf, 1998. 556 s. ISBN 8085800942. info
  • KOSCHATZKY, Walter. Die Kunst der Zeichnung : Technik, Geschichte, Meisterwerke. 10. Aufl. Munchen: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 2003. 346 s. ISBN 3423307412. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion, home works, reading, excursion
Assessment methods
An essay on a selected artwork (painting or drawing) in the range of at least 5 pages.
Language of instruction
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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