Survey of Art: European/Western Art

Universitat Politècnica de València

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Survey of Art: European/Western Art

  • Host University

    Universitat Politècnica de València

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Art, European Studies, Spanish

  • Language Level


  • Prerequisites

    4 semesters of college Spanish

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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


    The current course lays out the study of Art history in Western Europe: The art of the Baroque, and Rococo and Neoclassical styles from the 17th and 18th century, with an introduction supported by the evolution of painting up until Impressionism; Academicism, as a characteristic of the first part of the 19th century; the historic vanguards, in conjunction with artists before the Second World War, and internationalization of art until the present time.


    To gain a better knowledge of the Spanish language by means of art, that is: to be able to understand museum guides, artistic texts and videos, and be able to produce texts in Spanish about artistic topics.

    - To gain a better knowledge of the European culture in general, particularly the Spanish culture, by means of art.

    -To develop the student’s aesthetic sense by way of the contemplation and comprehension of works studied, and to learn to identify, analyze and value the works of art


    The chapters mentioned in the Readings section refer to the textbook (Historia del Arte de España e Hispanoamérica. Sebastián Quesada Marco. Editorial EDELSA. 2005), and to the first book of the supporting materials (Artis. Historia del Arte, de A. Fernández, E.Barrenechea, Jose Mª Haro, Editorial Vicens-Vives).

    As the Readings will correspond to two books, they will be organized as follows: Number (1) will refer to the textbook (Historia del Arte de España e Hispanoamérica. Sebastián Quesada Marco. Editorial EDELSA. 2005), and number (2) will refer to the first book of the supporting materials (Artis. Historia del Arte, de A. Fernández, E.Barrenechea, Jose Mª Haro, Editorial Vicens-Vives). Also, for every chapter of the syllabus, some materials and exercises created by the teacher herself will be provided.

    Week 1: - Introduction to Art History Methodologies. How to analyze and comment on a work of art. -Baroque in Europe, 17th century: origins and development. The Italian Tenebrism: Caravaggio. Readings: (2) Chapter 1: “El arte como expresión” 1.1: “La creación artística” 2.2: “Naturaleza de la obra de arte” 2.3: “Arte y sociedad” 2.4: “Los estilos artísticos” (1) Chapter 9: “El Barroco: orientación artística” (2) Chapter 16.1: “El punto de partida: el Tenebrismo italiano”

    Week 2: -Flemish painting: Rubens. -Dutch Golden Age painting: Vermeer, Rembrandt. Readings: (2) Chapter 16: “Escuelas europeas de pintura barroca” 16.3: “La escuela flamenca. Rubens” 16.4: “Sociedad y pintura en Holanda” 16.5: “Géneros y maestros de la escuela holandesa” 16.6: “Rembrandt” 16.10: “Análisis de una obra. Vermeer: Vista de Delft”

    Week 3: -Spanish Baroque, 17th century: Barroco artístico y Barroco severo. -Masters of the Spanish Baroque, la escuela andaluza y la escuela madrileña: Francisco de Zurbarán, José de Ribera, Bartolomé Murillo. Readings: (1) Chapter 9: “El Barroco” 9.1: “El Barroco artístico” 9.2: “El Barroco severo” (2) Chapter 17: “Pintura barroca española” 17.1: “Características de la pintura barroca española” 17.2: “Ribera: la plena incorporación del Tenebrismo” 17.3: “La escuela andaluza” 17.5: “La escuela madrileña”

    Week 4: -Spanish Tenebrism: Juan de Valdés Leal. Spanish Baroque sculpture. -Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez. Readings: (1) Chapter 9.3: “El Naturalismo Tenebrista” 9.4: “Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez” 9.5: “La imaginería religiosa en madera policromada” 9.7: “Monográfico: Las Meninas”Chapter 17.4: “Velázquez: cumbre de la pintura barroca” 17.5: “Análisis de una obra. Diego de Silva Velázquez: Las Hilanderas” 17.6: “Murillo y Valdés Leal”

    Week 5: -Spanish Churrigueresco. -Rococo painting, France: Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard. Readings: (1) Chapter 10: “El arte de la Ilustración” 10.1: “El Churrigueresco” 10.2: “El Rococó” (2) Chapter 16.7: “La pintura barroca en Francia” 16.8: “La pintura rococó en Francia”

    Week 6: -18th century: Neoclassical painting in Europe. -Neoclassical architecture in Spain. -Royal Palaces of the Bourbon Kings. Readings: (1) 10.3: “Los Palacios Reales de los Borbones” 10.4: “El Neoclasicismo” 10.5: “El urbanismo racionalista” 10.9: “El Neoclasicismo pictórico” 10.11: “Monográfico: Los Palacios Reales de la época de la Ilustración” (2) Chapter 18: “El Neoclasicismo” 18.1: “El arte neoclásico” 18.2: “La arquitectura neoclásica” 18.3: “La escultura” 18.4: “La pintura: revolucionarios y académicos”

    Week 7: -Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 18th and 19th century: monographic. Temas amables, Costumbrism and Tenebrism. -Goya’s Caprichos and Pinturas Negras. Readings: (1) Chapter 10.7: “La pintura dieciochesca anterior a Goya” 10.8: “El verismo en la pintura de Francisco de Goya” (2) Chapter 18.5: “Datos biográficos de Goya” 18.6: “Significación social de la pintura de Goya” 18.7: “Evolución artística” 18.8: “La obra” 18.9: “Trascendencia pictórica del arte de Goya” 18.10: “Análisis de una obra. Goya: El Coloso”

    Week 8: -Romanticism in 19th -century European painting. Origins and development. -Caspar Friedrich, Théodore Géricault, Eugène Délacroix. -Romanticism in Spanish painting: Goya, Villaamil, Casado del Alisal, Rosales, Fortuny. Readings: (1) Chapter 11: “Del arte romántico al noucentista” 11.1: “El Romanticismo” (2) Chapter 20: “Las artes figurativas en el siglo XIX: Romanticismo y Realismo” 11.2: “El movimiento romántico” 11.3: “El romanticismo pictórico francés” 11.4: “El romanticismo alemán”

    Week 9: -Realism in 19th -century European painting. Origins and development. -French masters of Realistic painting: Jean-François Millet, Gustave Courbet. -Spanish masters of Realistic painting: Ramón Casas, Isidro Nonell, Darío de Regoyos. Readings: (1) Chapter 11.2: “El Realismo” (2) Chapter 20.5: “El Realismo pictórico” 20.7: “La pintura de historia”

    Week 10: -Art Nouveau, Modernism, Sezessionsstil. Gustav Klimt. -Modernismo in Spain: Antonio Gaudí. Sagrada Familia, Parque Güell, Casa Batlló. Readings: (1) 11.4: “El Modernismo” 11.4.1: “La arquitectura modernista: Gaudí” 11.5: “Los Regionalismos” 11.10: “Monográfico: El Parque Güell, de Gaudí” (2) 19.7: “Modernismo” 19.8: “Los grandes renovadores” 19.9: “Antonio Gaudí” 19.10: “Necesidad de programas urbanísticos”

    Week 11: -Impressionism. Origins and development. -Masters of French Impressionism: Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas. Readings: (2) Chapter 21: “El Impresionismo” 21.1: “Situación histórica del fenómeno impresionista” 21.2: “La técnica” 21.3: “Los maestros del Impresionismo”

    Week 12: -Post-Impressionism: Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne. -Spanish Post-Impressionists and Symbolists: Joaquín Sorolla, Anglada Camarasa. Readings: (1) 11.3: “Impresionismo y simbolismo” (2) 21.4: “La revisión del Impresionismo. Post-Impresionismo” 21.5: “El Impresionismo en España” 21.7: “Análisis de una obra. Vincent Van Gogh: La noche estrellada”

    Week 13: -20th century: las Vanguardias. Art in between the two World Wars. -Expressionism in Germany, Fauvism in France, Cubism in Spain. -Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso. Readings: (1) Chapter 12: “De las vanguardias al siglo XXI” 12.1: “Las vanguardias de entreguerras” 12.1.1: “El Cubismo. Pablo Ruiz Picasso y Juan Gris” (2) Chapter 23: “Evolución de las artes figurativas en el siglo XX” 23.2: “El Fauvismo” 23.3: “El Cubismo” 23.4: “El Expresionismo”

    Week 14: -20th century: las Vanguardias. Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract painting. -Tristan Tzara, Salvador Dalí, Joan Mirò, Wasily Kandinsky. Readings: (1) 12.1.2: “El Surrealismo. Joan Mirò, Salvador Dalí” 12.2: “El realismo tradicional en la época de las vanguardias” 12.4: “La escuela española de París” 12.5: “Las vanguardias de postguerra” 12.6: “El arte postmoderno” 12.10: “Monográfico: últimas tendencias”

    Week 15: -Revision and final exam.

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