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Being Golden: The Life and Afterlife of the Spanish Masters
FIST 126
Fall 2015
Section: 01  

The achievements of Spanish artists in painting, sculpture, and drawing reached unprecedented heights in the 17th century that justly made them protagonists of a Golden Age. Centuries later, their works took on new roles as artists of other times and cultures found their own inspiration in works of the past: Manet copied Ribalta, Picasso copied Velázquez, and (famously in Project Runway) Christian Soriano copied Murillo. Is such influence automatically a sign of success? Do works of art fully function once separated from the context for which they were created, or do they serve as gateways for greater cultural understanding? And finally, what allows these complex works to resonate so strongly in another era? Students will be introduced to the reading of visual art for stylistic, historical, and political content, and develop a critical understanding of the religious, social, and cultural context of that gave rise to the great artists of Golden Age Spain, as well as insights into the role of art as a cultural currency.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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