Course Description

Course Name

Spanish Art and Architecture (in English)

Session: VSVS1121

Hours & Credits

45 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Prerequisite: open to all language levels; taught in English.

Students: foreign students from the academic program ISA

Contact hours: 45

Course Description:

A survey course, this class provides students with an understanding of the evolution of art and architecture within Spain (the Peninsula) throughout the centuries, in relation to both the development of Western Art overall, and the particular socio-cultural and historical realities in which the studied creative manifestations are created. The artistic contributions of early civilizations to Spanish art and architecture shall be considered, along with that of internationally reputed artists and architects such as Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí, Gaudí, and Calatrava. Site visits throughout Seville will allow students to further explore the relationship between art/architecture and Sevillian history and culture.

Learning Outcomes:

· Gain an understanding of the evolution of the concept of art throughout Western civilization and the complexity of "defining art"

· Learn to identify and analyze art

· Gain an appreciation of Spanish artistic and architectonic expression within its socio-cultural and historical contexts

· Enrich students´ understanding of Sevillian culture and history through its art (paintings) and architecture



0. Introductory Unit

--The concept of Art throughout history

--Understanding Art

1. Roman Spain

--Construction techniques and decorative elements in Roman Urbanism.

--Sculpture: full statues, portraits and reliefs.


--Site visit: Archaeological Museum (Roman mosaics and sculpture)

2. Spanish-Muslim Art

-- When the senses are twisted

-- Islamic Spain

3. Middle Ages Art

--Romanesque Art

--Gothic Art

--Mudéjar Art

4. Renaissance in Spain



5. The Golden Age

--Concept and meaning of Baroque.

--Diego Velázquez

--Bartolomé Estebán Murillo

--Juan de Valdéz Leal

--Francisco de Zurbarán

--Site visit: Museum of Fine Arts

6. Anticipating the trends of modern art

--Francisco de Goya

7. 20th Century Art

--Antoni Gaudí

--Cubism: Picasso and Juan Gris

--Surrealism: Dalí, Joan Miró, Remedios Varo

--Regionalism: Aníbal González

--Santiago Calatrava


8. Art and arquitecture for civil purposes.

-- Fábrica de Tabaco

-- Plaza de España

9. Seville from Baroque to the 21st Century

-- A new symbol for the town? Metropol Parasol


10. Other artistic manifestations

--Photography. Ouka Leele: beyond the Movida Madrileña

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

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

Barasch, Moshe. Theories of Art. From Plato to Winckelemann. New York & London: New York University Press, 1995.

Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. New York: Penguin Books, 1977.

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

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

Hirsch, Edward. The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt Books, 2002.

Mann, Vivian B., et al. eds. Convivencia: Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Medieval Spain. New York: The Jewish Museum, 1992.

Moffitt, John. The Arts in Spain. London: Thames and Hudson, 1999.

Nash, Elizabeth. Seville, Córdoba and Granada. Oxford: Signal Books, 2005.

Course Evaluation:

20% Tasks and attendance

40% Final exam

30% Projects

10% Subjective evaluation (students are expected to come prepared to class and profesor will value that students are showing a mark of improvement)

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 exceeded the allowed number of unexcused absences)

Please find as a reference the following grading scale conversion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student’s home university or institution to determine the final grade equivalencies.

Matrícula de Honor = A+ Suspenso = F Sobresaliente = A No presentado = Incomplete (attended Notable = B classes but did not take final exam) Aprobado =C No Asistencia = Incomplete (enrolled in the course but did not attend class)

Appeal grades: The deadline for claiming notes is 30 days from the reception at the university certificate.

Homework Assignments, Journal of Field Trips, Quizzes and Participation: Students are responsible for completing assignments in a timely manner. Late assignments are only accepted/allowed with justified absence and must be turned in the day of the student's return if they are to be considered for credit.

A significant component of students´ homework assignments (and a principal springboard for class discussions) will be journal assignments. These will be comprised of both written interpretations and sketches. Students are to label each assignment with the following information: written interpretations are to be headed with the date and the given prompt; sketch entries are to be headed with the date, location (museum name, etc.,) artist and

period when possible. Students should also specify what is being sketched (particular section of an architectural structure, motif, etc.) It is a requirement that each student purchase a small notebook with blank pages for this aspect of the course.

Attendance: class attendance is obligatory, it is checked every class day and it is reflected in the course attendance sheet that is sent to the home University.

An 85% of attendance is required for the successful completion of the course. Not missing any class will be considered positively.

If a student exceeds this limit, the grade in the transcript for this subject could appear as “not attended course”.

Attendance is not only class presence. Professors will encourage active class participation and discussion and will be taken into consideration as part of the course evaluation.

Justified absences: Medical Certificates that will be considered only if issued by a physician (not notes from the family explaining the student absence). The certificates must include the exact dates for which a student should be excused for having missed classes.

Tardiness: It is expected that students arrive to class on time and that they return directly to class after any given break. Arriving 10 minutes late (or more) and/or early class departures are considered unexcused absences and will be taken into account as half absence.

English expression: The students should express themselves -both orally and in writing- in good formal English. Particularly in the written partials and quizes, as well as the presentations, good academic writing is essential. Bad, sloppy academic writing (misspellings, deficient syntax, etc.) will be penalized.

Auditors: Courses cannot be taken as auditors, thus attendance is possible only for students enrolled in a specific class.

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, doing their daily homework assignment, being critical and analytical with the contents presented in class as well as by sharing their ideas and opinions. Students are asked not to eat in class and to put their cell phones on silence. With the exception being for class presentations, laptops are not to be used in class.

*Course content subject to change