This courses focuses on the history of painting in Spain from the 16th century to vanguards movements in the second half of the 20th century. Two much argued questions open the course: the existence of Renaissance style, as well as the Spanishness of Spanish art embodied by the example of El Greco. Then, we will approach the work of the 17th century master Velázquez, in the context of European painting.This period will be completed with a visit to Habsburg Madrid where basic principles of 16th-18th century- Madrilenian architecture will be studied.The multifaceted work of Goya will be the turning point to shift to contemporary art with the study of works by Sorolla, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tàpies or Millares among others.
1. Course presentation: content, objectives, methodology, form of assessment.
The discipline of Art History.
2. The Habsburg as patrons of the arts.
Spanish Art or Art in Spain?
Renaissance painting in Spain and Europe.
3. Renaissance Painting in Europe and Spain: Fra Angelico, Mantegna, Rafael, Van der Weyden, El Bosco, Durero, Tiziano.
4. Mannerism in Europe and Spain: El Greco.
5. Introduction to 17th-century painting: Caravaggio, Rubens and Rembrantd.
6. Baroque style in Spain: Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez and Murillo.
7. Habsburg architecture in Madrid
8. The multifaceted work of Goya.
9. Luminismo in Spain: visit to Sorolla´s house-cum-museum. Activity in the Plain-air Sculpture Museum.
10. Introduction to Contemporary Art.
11. Avant-garde movements of the first half of the 20th century (Cubism, Surrealism, Dada). Picasso, Gris, Braque and Dalí.
12. Avant-garde movement of the second half of the 20th century (Abstraction, Informalism, Pop Art, Conceptual art). Tàpies, Saura and Millares.
13. Recent art proposals in Spain: conversation with a gallerist or an artist).
14. Introduction to recent trends in contemporary art.
15. Final exam.
(for a more detailed syllabus check the weekly plan)