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Art and Architecture in Spain
Art & Architecture of Spain in 6 parts
The course will introduce members to the many and varied aspects of Spanish art and architecture in its historical context covering a 2000 year span.
- Introduction: Indigenous, Roman and Visigothic art and architecture in the Iberian peninsular, c.200 BC – AD 700
In the introduction to the course, we will consider indigenous Iberian sculpture that was made on the Iberian peninsular prior to Roman occupation. We will then survey some of the numerous buildings, sculptures & mosaics produced during Roman occupation. The third talk will focus on the art and architecture of the Germanic people called the Visigoths, who settled in Spain in the 500s.
- 711-1492: Islamic art and architecture in Spain
In this study day we will trace the history of Islamic presence in Spain and in so doing, consider the varieties of art and applied art produced and also some of the great architectural remains including the Umayyad mosque in Cordoba (the Mezquita), the Giralda in Seville the Alhambra in Granada.
- Medieval Christian to early Renaissance (1200s -1500)
The day will begin with Spain’s great medieval art (including the sculptural programme at Santiago de Compostela) and the wall paintings in the MNAC. We will move on to consider painting and sculpture produced in the 1300 and 1400s.
- The Golden Age of Spanish Art
Habsburg rule in Spain from the early 1500s until 1700 coincided with what has been described as a Golden age for Spanish art. In this study day we will begin by considering the patronage of Emperor Charles V and his son, Philip II. These monarchs began to collect art and oversaw the building of the Escorial. Although Madrid became the capital of Spain in 1561, the city (and port) of Seville flourished thanks to trade with the New World. The day will include detailed discussion of the three great painters all born in Seville: Velazquez, Zurbaran and Murillo
- 1700 -1880
- Barcelona to Bilbao
In our final study day, we will begin with an examination of the Renaixensa in Barcelona and the flowering of many arts in that city at the turn of the 20th century, followed by discussion of some of the great 20th century names including Dali; the impact of the Civil War and Franco’s rule. We will close by looking at some of the post Franco developments in Spanish art and the importance of artists like Tapies.
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