The Great Art Collections in Spain

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Great Art Collections in Spain

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This programme has been designed to teach students about the great art collections preserved in the most important Spanish museums. We study the origin and formation of these collections as well as the way they are in display today. Along the course, the student will be also able to recognise the most important masterpieces of the Spanish art, know the reasons that account for their unanimous positive appraisal, and analyse their artistic characteristics and their social and historical implications. The methods of instruction will include lectures and field visits.



    1. What is a museum?
         a. Legislation
         b. History of Spanish museums since 19th century to the present day

    2. The Spanish State museums:
         a. Museo Nacional y centro de investigación de Altamira
         b. Museo Arqueológico Nacional
         c. Museo Nacional del Prado
         d. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS)
         e. Other National Museum

    3. The museums in Catalonia
         a. State Museums
              1. Museu Arqueològic de Catalunya (MAC)
              2. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
              3. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
         b. Municipal Museums of Barcelona
              1. Museu Picasso
              2. Disseny Hub Barcelona
              3. Museu Frederic Marès
              4. Other
         c. Other Catalan Museum

    4. Private Collections:
         a. Fundación Thyssen-Bornemisza
         b. Museu Dalí
         c. Fundació Miró

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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