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History of Spanish Art
University of Granada
Granada, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Art History 300 Spanish 3 40 Three semester of college level Spanish or equivalent

The objectives of this class are principally the initiation and comprehension of this discipline by the student through an artistic-historical journey of the principle stylistic languages that define the peculiarities of Spanish art. The richness and extension of the latter make delimitation necessary for the thematic blocks in close communication with the cultural atmosphere of Granada. This permits in a way, a major closeness to artistic feats and the best assimilation of stylistic contents developed as priorities in the program.

Outline of Course
The beginnings of art. The Rupestrian painting. Megalithic and the Talayotic culture.
Art of the Punic and Greek colonizations. The Gaditan sarcophagus and the writing of Ampurias. The Lady of Baza and Iberian sculpture.  Spanish-Muslim Art. Introduction to Islamic art (beginnings and pillars of Islam).  Cordoba caliphate: La Mezquita (Preceding of Spanish-Roman art -Merida- and Visigoth) and Medina Azahara. Sevilla Almohade: the Giralda and the Tower of Gold. 

Granada Nazari: the Alhambra.
a.) Corral de Carbon, Bañuelo and Alcaiceria;
b.) Museum of Spanish Art- Muslim and the Alhambra.

Roman and Greek Art. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Claustro de Silos and the Portico de la Gloria. The great Gothic Castilian cathedrals. The altarpiece and the sepulcher.

Renaissance Art. General characteristics and principle examples. T

The Granada Renaissance. Mannerism.
Visits: a.) Capilla Real and museum, b.) Catedral and museo Catedralicio, c.) Puerta de los Granadas, Pilar and Palacio de Carlos V.

Baroque and Rococo Art. The style. Essential characteristics. The great image makers: Gregorio Fernandez y Martinez Montañes. Painting: Murillo, Ribera, Zurbaran and Velasquez. Baroque and Rococo architecture from Granada.

a.) Alonso Cano in the Cathedral of Granada
b.) the Cartuja.

Neoclassic Art. Juan de Villanueva and the Museo del Prado.

Francisco de Goya.

The architecture of the XIX and XX centuries. History and Eclecticism. Modernism and plastic art: Gaudi. Architectural Rationalism. Contemporary architecture from Granada. Visit: Gran Via de Colon.

Nineteenth century painting and sculpture. The painting of style: Fortuny. Realism and the land. Impressionism: Sorolla. From Realism to the abstract experiences in sculpture.

The Surrealist painting. Dali. Miro.

Pablo Picasso.

Course Activities
a.) The students will be taken on a series of guided tours to monuments, museums, and urban spaces directly related with the stylistic languages established in the epigraphs and thematic blocks of the program of which the most significant examples will applying to Granada.

b) The result of these trips will be a work done by the students of five folios that are related with one of the departments, rooms, or their contents (sculptures, paintings, altarpieces, etc.); in the same way that the analysis or description of whatever structural or ornamental element of the monument or urban space selected during the planned visits.

The final grade of the student will be the result of the sum of the following criteria of evaluation.

a) Attention and participation in class (up to a maximum of 20%).

b) Fulfillment of work- already mention in the third paragraph (up to a maximum of 20%).

c) Midterm and final exams, each one valued at 30%, will consist of written commentary on selected transparencies of practical-theoretic contents developed in the program. The midterm will be an eliminatory examination.

CALVO CASTELL?"N, A., Historia del Arte Español, Madrid, Edelsa, 1992.

A.A.V.V. Historia del Arte, vols, 10, 15, 16,18,19,20,28,31,35,38,41,42, 43,47, y 50, Madrid, Historia 16,1989.

BUENDIA, R. et al., Historia del Arte Hispánico, vols I al VI, Madrid Alhambra, 1979-1980.

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