Basic 1st year

Module: History of lace 1st year

Tutor: Martine Bruggeman


16 half days

General objectives

·          To be able to situate the types of lace in their historical context – both in terms of art history and socio-economic history; 
·         To follow the line of global development of lace;
·         To be able to date pieces of lace and their iconography and locate them geographically.
Programme for history of art and lace 1st part:

History of art

Some introductory lessons outlining a background against which the history of lace can be more easily understood. We cover the character of the era, stylistic evolution and forms of expression of the periods which are interesting for lace:  Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classicism. City walk in Bruges with the accent on the different architectural styles.  Visit to the Groeninge Museum to illustrate the lessons in art history and/or to an exhibition which deals with an aspect of the course

History of Lace

What is lace?
The origin of lace; location in time and space, emergence of techniques
Types of lace in Flanders
Before the 18th century
From the 18th century onwards
Coninuous bobbin laces (Torchon, Cluny, Binche, Valenciennes, Paris, Mechlin, Lille, Chantilly and Blonde)
Part laces (Brussels Lace, Brabant and Flower Lace varieties)
Needle lace
Mixed lace



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