Spanish Art and Architecture (in English)

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish Art and Architecture (in English)

  • Host University

    ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Course Description:
    Art developed in the Peninsula has been decisively influential on Western Art. This course help students understand this artistic value in the context in which it was created. The course is divided into three sections: first one focus on analysing artistic movements and their manifestations highlighting internationally reputed artists such as Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí, Gaudí, Calatrava or even Ferrán Adriá. Second section approaches to the relation between Art and City through field trips to various parts of Seville. Third section covers other artistic manifestation with the ultimate goal of providing a comprehensive approach to artistic expressions in current Spain.

    El arte creado en la península ibérica ha ejercido una especial influencia en el desarrollo del arte en Occidente. Este curso abre al estudiante la posibilidad de entender dicho valor artístico en el contexto en el que se desarrolla. El curso se divide en tres secciones: la primera supone un recorrido por los diferentes estilos artísticos y sus manifestaciones en la península, abarcando nombres de gran repercusión internacional como los de Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí, Gaudí, Calatrava o incluso Ferrán Adriá. La segunda parte se basa en la exploración in situ de la relación entre arte y ciudad a través de una selección de visitas a determinadas zonas de Sevilla. Por último, el tercer bloque explora diferentes manifestaciones artísticas con la finalidad de cerrar el curso con una visión amplia de las manifestaciones artísticas en la España de hoy.



    0. Introductory unit
    --The concept of Art throughout History and throughout the World
    --A cross-cultural approach to Aesthetics
    --First artistic manifestations in the Peninsula: purpose, intention and atemporal values.

    1. Roman Spain
    --Construction tecniques and decorative elements in the Roman Urbanism.
    --Sculpture: full statues, portraits and reliefs.
    --Paintings and mosaics.

    2. Spanish-Muslim Art
    -- When the senses are twisted
    -- Islamic Spain and its influence in the western region of the Mediterranean.

    3. Middle Ages Art
    --Visigothic Art
    --Mozarab Art
    --Romanesque Art
    --Gothic Art
    --Mudejar Art

    4. Renaissance in Spain

    5. The Golden Age
    --Art and Belief. Concept and meaning of Baroque.
    --Arquitecture and sculpture.
    --Life and Art: Diego Velázquez and the Seville School

    6. Anticipating the trends of modern art
    --Francisco de Goya

    7. 20th Centry Art
    --Antoni Gaudí
    --Cubism: Picasso and Juan Gris
    --Surrealism: Dalí, Picaso y Joan Miró
    --Regionalism: Aníbal González
    --Santiago Calatrava


    Art and Arquitecture: the case of Seville

    8. Plaza de España area. Art and arquitecture for civil purposes.
    -- Fábrica de Tabaco
    -- Plaza de España
    -- Teatro Lope de Vega
    -- Alfonso XIII Hotel

    9. Seville from Baroque to the 21st Century
    -- Panteón of Ilustres Sevillanos
    -- A new symbol for the town? Metropol Parasol


    10. Other artistic manifestations
    -- Spanish music and abroad models. From Moorish music to Zarzuela
    --Photography. Ouka Leele: beyond the Movida Madrileña
    -- Art in the technological era
    --Culinary Art. Creativiy and evolution: Ferrán Adriá

    Bibliography: In addition to current magazine and newspaper articles, students will be provided with selections from cultural and socio-historical texts including but not limited to:

    Acton, Mary. Learning to look at modern art, London, Routledge, 2004.

    Barasch, M. Threories of Art. From Plato to Wincleman, New York & London, New York University Press, 1995.

    Brend, Barbara. Islamic Art, London, British Museum Press, 1991.

    Brown, Jonathan. Painting in Spain, 1500-1700, Yale, Yale University Press, 1998.

    Moffitt, John. The Arts in Spain, London, Thames and Hudson.

    Course Evaluation:
    Homework Assignments, Diary of Field Trips, Quizzies and Participation: 30%
    Midterm Exam: 25%
    Final Exam: 35%
    Final Paper: 10%

    Spanish grading Scale:
    Matrícula de Honor 10
    Sobresaliente 9 ? 9,9
    Notable 7 ? 8,9
    Aprobado 5 ? 6,9
    Suspenso 0 ? 4,9
    No Asistencia (Student has exceeeded the allowed number of unexcused absences)

    Homework Assignments, Diary of Field Trips and Participation: Students are responsible for completing assignments in a timely manner. Late assignments are only accepted/allowed with justified absence. A component of students´ homework assignment will be the field trip assingment (students will be provided questions to guide their entry writings).

    Attendance Policy: Attendance is obligatory. Only four hours of unexcused absence from class will be permitted and these absences will affect the participation grade. Medical absences are excused with the prompt receipt of proper documentation. It is expected that students arrive to class on time and that they return promptly to class after any given class break. Tardiness is figured into the absence policy.

    Class Protocol: Students are required to be involved in class activities. They are expected to show their preparation by participating in discussions, by asking relevant questions, being critical and analytical with the contents presented in class as well as by sharing their ideas and opinions. In class the student is required to maintain a polite demeanor always and under every circumstance. All electronic devices should be put away and turned off/placed on silent. Use of blackberries, cell phones, text messaging, laptops (unless in relation to class presentation) is not allowed. Please respect class expectations.

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