Spanish Art Masters in Madrid Museums

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Art Masters in Madrid Museums

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Spanish Art Masters in Madrid Museums
    6 ECTS

    Note: Students may NOT be enrolled in any advanced-level Spanish courses.

    Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results:
    The students will learn how to:
    - Analyze an artistic image in its constituent elements and in the frame of the art movement(s) it belongs to.
    - Study the evolution of Spanish painting in relationship to its European context.
    - Understand the cultural and symbolic values of any painting.
    - Use the specific vocabulary of the artworld.
    - Express him/herself both orally and in written form.

    The course will cover the different artistic movements that have taken place in Spain from the 16th century until under days, and the logic behind the development of styles like Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, Cubism or Surrealism, to name just a few.

    It will emphasize the specifics of art production in Spain within its European context, as well as aspects of patronage and the art market.

    The achievements of leading Spanish artists such as El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Picasso or Dalí will make up the core of the course. They will be analyzed against the important presence in Spain of artists from other areas of Europe, especially Italy and the Netherlands, including Titian, Bosch and Rubens. \

    Assessment Criteria
    There will be a mid-term and a final exam, museum visits, and an oral presentation during the visit. All work must be handed in, presented or, as in the case of exams, attended on time in order to receive a grade. The total points of the final grade will be distributed as follows:
    Participation 25%
    Mid-term exam 25%
    Group project submission 15%
    Group project presentation 10%
    Final exam 25%
    Total 100 %

    Learning activities and methodology:

    The course format will be a structured mixture of lectures, discussions, classroom activities and student presentations. Students will learn the necessary contents in class, and will be able to practice their capabilities during field excursions.
    Classroom hours will combine an understanding of the global, European and Spanish contexts, together with major art trends of each period. Museum visits will focus on the student's capability to use the artwork exhibited to explain it and its relation with the historical context it was created within.

    Basic Bibliography

    . From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962/1982). MNCARS. 2011
    . From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962/1982). MNCARS. 2011
    . Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945/1968). MNCARS. 2010
    . Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945/1968). MNCARS. 2010
    . The Collection. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Keys to a Reading (Part 1). La Central/MNCARS. 2010
    . The Collection. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Keys to a Reading (Part 1). La Central/MNCARS. 2010
    BROWN, Jonathan. The Golden Age of Painting in Spain. Yale University. 1991
    Brown, Jonathan. The Golden Age of Painting in Spain. Yale University Press. 1991
    . The Prado Guide. Museo del Prado. 2009
    . The Prado Guide. Museo del Prado. 2009
    GOMBRICH, Ernst. The Story of Art. Phaidon Press. 1995
    GOMBRICH, Ernst. The Story of Art. Phaidon Press. 1995
    HARRIS, D.. The Spanish avant-garde. Manchester University Press. 1995
    HARRIS, D.. The Spanish avant-garde. Manchester University Press. 1995
    jANSON, Anthony F. (et al.). Janson's History of Art. Prentice Hall. 2012
    jANSON, Anthony F. (et al.). Janson's History of Art. Prentice Hall. 2012

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.