Art History: From Al-Andalus to Picasso
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This seminar covers a comprehensive view of the different characteristics and influences of Spanish Art History. In this respect, it follows a chronological approach, starting with the prehistoric manifestations, including the Iberian art and all the Celtic and pre-roman trends until the 20th Century. The seminar includes the study of the Hispanic-Arab, Romanesque, and Gothic movements. This Medieval period will be followed by Baroque, Neoclassicism and Romanticism. Finally, the seminar focuses on Impressionism and the avant-garde movements, including modernism, cubism and surrealism.
The seminar is divided into two components –a theoretical and a practical part. The latter is taught in the form of lectures offered in a classroom and the former consists of cultural activities which include visits to the Thyssen Museum, Caixa Forum, Sorolla Museum, Prado and Reina Sofía Museums, as well as day trips outside of Madrid (Toledo and Córdoba).
The geographical location of Spain has formed the peninsula as a bridge of African and European cultures. Its art, therefore, has been influenced by a wide variety of cultures and civilizations, forming a unique, idiosyncratic paradigm of world Art History. All these characteristics make Spanish art an ideal candidate for an overview of Art History as a whole.
Professor Ana Pelaez, BC Resident Director Madrid