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AH3235   Spanish Painting in the Age of Velázquez

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 9.00 am – 11.00 am Tue (lecture) and either 10.00 am or 11.00 am Wed (seminar)

Centred around the figure of Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), this module explores one of the most dynamic and innovative periods in the history of Spanish arts. Drawing on a wide range of visual and textual sources, the aim is to introduce students to the key figures, artworks and themes that turned painting into a fundamental feature of the so-called 'Golden Age' of Spanish culture. While emphasis is placed on Madrid and the court, other major artistic centres like Seville and Toledo are discussed. In addition to well-known artworks by Velázquez, such as Las Meninas and The Spinners, this module examines the work of important artists like El Greco, Jusepe de Ribera, Francisco de Zurbarán and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass AH2001 and pass AH2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: One 2-hour lecture, One 1-hour seminar

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 70%, 48-hour Take-home Examination = 30%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr J R Marcaida Lopez
Module teaching staff: Dr J R Marcaida Lopez