Spanish Art from Velazquez to Goya

Ref: C3671377

This course explores the work of some of the 'greats' of Spanish art- El Greco, Velasquez and Goya- but also many of the lesser known artists of the time such as Maino, Ribalta Cano and Melendez. These artists cover the enormously interesting period from the reign of Phillip II, through the Golden Age of Spanish Art and the Baroque; the background therefore goes from the height of Spain's power, through the upheavals of the Reformation and Counter Reformation and up to the ruinous Napoleonic Wars.It sets their work in its social, political and economic context and investigates the connections between this context, the artists and their work. The course is very much run on 'workshop' lines and is very interactive.

Course aim

This is an interactive course exploring Spanish art from its Golden Age through to the Napoleonic Wars, and investigating its political, social and economic context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • You will understand the main movements in Spanish Art of the period and the work of the major artists of the period.
  • You will understand the outlines of Spanish history of this period and the relationship between this and the art of the period.
  • You will develop a critical framework for understanding the work of these artists
  • You will develop a personal response to the artists being studied.
  • You will present a critical evaluation of the work of one of the artists being studied.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A reading list will be supplied at the start of the course

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Spanish Art from Velazquez to Goya


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