Historical and Artistic Heritage
Cod: 31100
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Arts and Heritage
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit introduces issues concerning the preservation of architectural heritage, from the 16th to the 20th century, especially in Contemporary Times. It will also provide a broadened perspective on the evolution of art since Ancient Times to the present day.

Art History

In the end, students are expected to be able to
• use critically the concepts of heritage and art history;
• question the notions of monument and heritage, as far as its relation with history, memory and time is concerned;
• recognise the notion of work of art and its aesthetic, technical and historical sphere.

1st Part: Heritage
• Humanism and the ancient monument.
• The times of the antiquarians.
• The French revolution.
• The consecration of the historical monument.
2nd Part: Art History
• The study of art as an historical subject.
• Art history: timeline and supremacy.
• Art history today.

CHOAY, Françoise, A Alegoria do Património, Lisboa, Edições 70, 2000 (Artes & Comunicação, 71), p.11-154.
BARRAL I ALTET, Xavier, História da Arte, Lisboa, Edições 70, 2002 (Artes & Comunicação, 79).


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.