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Spanish art from the Golden Age to ‘Guernica’

Weekend-long art history and theory course

Short course

  • 21 March 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 22 March 2020, 10am — 5pm

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Picasso and Paper

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Velázquez (Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez), María Teresa, Infanta of Spain, 1651-54.

Oil on canvas. 34.3 x 40 cm.

As the Royal Academy displays an exhibition of works by Picasso, we take a weekend to trace 300 years of fascinating Spanish art that lead up to the artist’s classic work, ‘Guernica’.

Taking the Spanish Golden Age as a starting point, this course will explore the changing fortunes of one of Europe’s most powerful empires. It will look at the rise – and subsequent decline – of the Spanish Habsburg Empire and the unique artwork that it produced. The course also focuses on Spain’s position as a Catholic stronghold and the gateway to the New World, and the impact this had on its art and artists.

The course will contextualise the works of the Spanish Baroque masters, El Greco, Murillo and, of course, Velázquez. Participants will study the work of Goya, looking both at his role as Spanish Court Painter, and as revolutionary. We will head into the 20th century and explore the vital role Spanish artists played in the development of modernism, including Dalí, Miró and the architect Gaudí. Finally the course will look at Picasso’s own complicated relationship with his home country and the divisive politics sweeping Spain at the time.

Students will be taught by a series of art historians, curators and experts on the art of Spain and will be encouraged to engage in debate and discussion.

Minimum age 18. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact academicprogrammes@royalacademy.org.uk.

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  • 21 March 2020, 10am — 5pm
  • 22 March 2020, 10am — 5pm

Wolfson British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£420. Includes all materials, light refreshments and wine reception at the end of day one.

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