Art and Architecture of Cities - Madrid

Ref: C3530565

The course will look at the origins and development of art and architecture in Madrid, exploring the impact of the Moorish invaders in the 9th century and the Christian reconquest of Spain in the 11th century. The course will look at first major developments in Madrid as a newly emergent city at the end of the 15th century, and explore the impact of the accession of the Habsburg dynasty in the early 16th century on the art and architecture of Madrid, particularly during the reign of Philip II, with El Escorial, his collection of Flemish artists such as Bosch and his patronage of Titian. The 17th century, the Golden Age of Spanish art, will be examined, particularly architectural works such as the Plaza Real and the work of El Greco, Velasquez, Murillo and Ribera. The start of the 18th century will focus on the Bourbon reign, including the creation of the Palacio Real and later the work of Goya. Finally, the development of the modern city of Madrid will be examined.

Course aim

The course will give an overview of the art and architecture of Madrid, concentrating mainly on the period from the 15th century to the present day, which could be used as a guide when visiting the city.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand how the socio-political structures and religious beliefs affected the art and and architecture of Madrid.
  • Understand the impact of architecture and town planning on the appearance of Madrid
  • Understand the influence of Flemish and Italian art on Spanish art in the 17th century
  • Understand the effect of changing patronage on Spanish art.

How will I be taught?

  • Each session will consist of a slideshow, supported by handouts, designed to provoke question and answer sessions and discussions.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Art and Architecture of Cities - Madrid

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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