FINE3023. Is Spain different? Spanish art from the Visigoths to Picasso

6 credits

The eminent art historian Erwin Panofsky once asserted that, “in Spain, anything is possible.” He meant this to signify that Spanish art is an art apart, following its own rules. Artistic production from the Iberian Peninsula has alternately been regarded as derivative, borrowing or copying from other European currents, or conceptualized as something completely its own. During this course, students will examine Spanish art from a range of cultural and temporal contexts across the country’s history – Visigothic, Islamic, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern – while maintaining an ongoing critical discourse on the particularities of Spain and questioning whether we can speak of trends consistent to the Spanish experience.

Assessment: 100% coursework.
Prerequisite: At least one 2000-level Fine Arts course.