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Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
2021/2022 Year Barcelona

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Architecture & Painting in Barcelona

Architecture & Painting in Barcelona Course Overview

OVERVIEW

CEA Partner Institution: CEA Barcelona Center
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Primary Subject Area: Art History
Other Subject Area: Architecture
Instruction in: English
Course Code: ARH460BCN
Course Details: Level 400
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: None. Having previously studied an introductory Art History course is recommended

DESCRIPTION

This course provides you with the tools to understand, analyze, appreciate and criticize the works of some of the most relevant artists who have had an outstanding influence in the artistic life of Barcelona over the last 150 years.
Throughout this period, Catalonia has played a leading role in the economic development and modernization Spain, while its capital, Barcelona, has assumed an equal endeavor in terms of cultural modernity. Within contemporary Spain the relevance of Barcelona could not be fully comprehended without first understanding the contributions of four main figures of contemporary art and architecture: Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí. This course is devised as a thorough study of the work, ideas and personality of Gaudí, Picasso, Miró and Dalí and their scope and meaning in the context of contemporary society.

Barcelona is the best example of an architectural catalogue of these Artist's movements, therefore it offers the chance to experience and study many of these buildings in situ, analyzing not only their formal, symbolical and historical aspects, but also their integration in the urban framework and their current function as masterworks. The connections between the specific situation of Catalan cultural life and the international context are even more explicit in the case of the three painters that will be dealt with in this course, since each of them has evolved a contemporary conception of art by witnessing or even participating in the introduction and diffusion of that new sensibility, first in Barcelona and later in the rest of the country.

You will be able to appraise the significance that Barcelona had in the respective evolution of each artist from an early academic stage to the development of an avant-garde spirit.

You will have the opportunity to visit the museums dedicated to all these painters in the city, stressing the importance of the artistic evolution as something beyond pure formalism and always related with a personal, theoretical and historical context. Furthermore, throughout the study of the city and its artists you will be able to formulate a general vision of the beginnings and development of contemporary art and architecture.

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