The Golden Age of Spanish Art plus Goya from the Neo-Classical and Romantic Period

This courses highlights the 1600s in Spain and the blossoming of Spanish painting and sculpture and concludes with a presentation on Goya:

  • Jose de Ribera (1591-1652) is credited with exporting the Caravaggio style of extreme chiaroscuro to Spain. Working in Naples during the Spanish occupation of Southern Italy during the 1600s, he adopted and enhanced Caravaggio’s technique, emphasizing the dark in the paintings, a style that became known as Tenebrism. We look at selected works.
  • Diego Velazquez (1599-1660) adopted the Caravaggesque technique in his youth and then evolved from Tenebrism to almost Impressionism. He is one of the most important influences on Manet.
  • Francisco de Zurbaran (1598-1664), a close friend and contemporary of Velazquez’s, chose to work the church and monasteries. His approach is almost hyper-realism in portraiture and still life. We explore his work.
  • This presentation is devoted to the sculpture of nine artists from the 1500’s through the Baroque period. Artists include: Alonso Berruguete, 1486-1561; Juan Martínez Montañés, 1568-1649; Juan Bautista Maíno 1581-1649; the father and daughter duo, Pedro Roldán, 1624-1699 and Luisa Roldán, 1652-1706; and others.
  • Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) has been called the Spanish Rafael. He eschewed the hyper-realism of Zurbaran and the almost impressionism of Velazquez. We explore his works.
  • Francisco Goya (1746-1828), born “a commoner”, eventually became court painter. With one foot in the world of the common people and one in the world of aristocracy, Goya creates, in his paintings, a dark mirror of Spanish society.

JUSTIN NEWELL, art historian and artist, has lectured extensively on Western painting, sculpture and architecture, the Bible in Western art and Greek myths in art at many post-secondary institutions, as well as aboard leading cruise lines. Justin also leads art history tours to Venice, Florence, Rome, Paris, London and other art centres of the world, and weaves his knowledge of history, art, political events and famous sights into his presentations.

Course Format

This course is 100% online with real-time lectures. Once a week, you participate in a live online lecture of 45–60 minutes, followed by 30–45 minutes of questions and answers with your instructor. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone. We record every lecture in case you miss one.

Please note: Recorded lectures and course materials are available for one week only after the course ends.

You can participate in the lecture with your video turned on or off, however all students are muted to minimize ambient noise. Students can ask questions using a chat feature, and your instructor answers verbally. You can use your name or an alias when you join the lecture.

This course is hosted on Canvas Catalog, a learning management system, and delivered by Zoom, a web-based video conferencing application. One business day before the course start date, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

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