Is Spain different? Spanish art from the Visigoths to Picasso

Previously taught by: Elizabeth A. LASTRA
6 credits

he 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.

100% coursework

At least one 2000-level Art History course



“The course structure is very clear and well planned.”

ARTH3023 student, 2018-2019

“The presentation and lecture material are great.”

ARTH3023 student, 2018-2019

“The course provides a comprehensive overview on Spanish art and the historical context, and considers a wide range of approaches to each work.”

ARTH3023 student, 2018-2019

“It gave us a complete broad view on Spanish art, accompanied by critical analysis of texts.”

ARTH3023 student, 2018-2019

“It covers the important materials in Spanish art. Very interesting.”

ARTH3023 student, 2018-2019

“Very thought-provoking ideas and problems circulated in class.”

ARTH3023 student, 2018-2019