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Art: The Great Art Collections in Spain
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Barcelona, Spain

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Art 300 English 3 45 N/A


This programme has been designed to teach students about the great art collections
preserved in the most important Spanish museums. We study the origin and formation
of these collections as well as the way they are in display today. Along the course, the
student will be also able to recognise the most important masterpieces of the Spanish
art, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyse
their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of
instruction will include lectures and field visits.


1. What is a museum?
a. Legislation
b. History of Spanish museums since 19th century to the present day

2. The Spanish State museums:
a. Museo Nacional del Prado
b. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
c. Museo Arqueológico Nacional
d. Other National Museum

3. The museums in Catalonia
a. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
b. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
c. Other Catalan Museum

4. Private Collections:
a. Fundación Thyssen-Bornemisza
b. Museu Marès
c. Fundació Clos
d. Museu Picasso


Papers (30%): Students will write a term paper. Papers are to be approximately 10
pages in length, excluding illustrations and bibliography. At least 6 scholar sources
must be used. Topics will be individually discussed with the professor.
Presentation in class (20%): each student will give an oral presentation about his/her
term paper.

Final Exam (50%): This exam will consist in writing two short essays.


AA.VV, Gestió del patrimoni històric, Barcelona, 2001.

GONZÁLEZ-VARAS, I., Conservación de Bienes Culturales. Teoría, história,
principios y normas, Madrid, 1999.

INIESTA I GONZÁLEZ, M., Els gabinets del món. Antropología, museus i
museologia, Lleida,1994.

MARIN-MEDINA, J., Grandes coleccionistas, siglos XIX y XX, Edarcon, Madrid,

TAYLOR, F. H, Artistas, príncipes y mercaderes. Historia del coleccionismo desde
Ramsés a Napoleón, Luis de Caralt, Barcelona, 1960, (1948).

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