UAM – Art History (Facultad: Filosofía y Letras)

Fall Semester

17186 Arte de la Tardía Antigüedad (Christian, Jewish & Islamic Art of the Late Middle Ages)


Origins, evolution and development of the process of cultural, social, political and artistic transformation in the Mediterranean and Eastern world between the 4th and the 8th century.

17187 Arte Islámico y Bizantino (Byzantine and Islamic Art)


Analysis of: the origins of Islamic art and architecture, holy houses, the problem of the conversion of churches to mosques, symbolism, textiles, inland metalwork, innovations in bronze technology and aesthetics.

19234 Historia de la fotografía y de los primeros lenguajes secuenciales (The History of Photography and the First Cinematic Languages)


1- The artificial eye.
2- Photographic paradox and reality effect.
3- Photography and identity.
4- Photography and the world: coloniality and imaginary museum.
5- Photography and mass media.
6- Society and photography.
7- Avant-gardes.
8- Photographic discourse.
9- Photography and avant-garde.
10- Photography and narrative.
11- Photography in the digital age.

17196 Géneros artísticos y sociedad en la Edad Moderna (Art & Society in Early Modern Europe)


Some of the topics analyzed in this course are the following:
– Artistic genres and society in Early Modern Europe.
– Painting and sculpture in Early Modern Europe.
– Religious images.
– Portraits.
– Still-life.

17197 Ciudades, urbanismos y patrimonio en la Edad Moderna (Cities, Urban Planning and Artistic Heritage in the Early Modern Age)


Analysis of urban heritage in the Early Modern Period.
Urbanism in the following countries: Italy, France, Spain, Latin America, the Philippines, England, the Netherlands, Portugal and Russia.

19233 - Art of East Asian


The objective of this course is to understand current questions in the debate about East Asian contemporary visual culture, from the end of the 19th century to the present. Students will explore other narratives about historic modernity and study the specific arguments about the area as basic criteria to define and learn the about the various interpretations, as well as the integration of the artistic practice with other points of creation, debate and exposition in the global history of modernity and post-modernity. The course will consist of lectures, analysis of artistic works, and visits to exhibitions.

Spring Semester

17188 Conservación de bienes culturales (Preservation of Cultural Property)


Definition and analysis of cultural property: monument, historical group or set, historical garden, historic site, archaeological zone, movable heritage, protected objects. Preservation and restoration: history and techniques. Cultural property and preservation in Spain.

17190 Arte de la Baja Edad Media(Art of the Early Middle Ages)


1. Concept of “pre-Gothic” and its problematic nomenclature: San Bernardo and Suger, two different mentalities
2. Historiography of the term gothic: definitions, geography, history and chronology.
3. Cathedral as a symbol
4. Integration of architecture and sculpture: Temple door and iconography.
5. 14th Century- Kingdom of Castile: French influence and indigenous elements, gothic architecture in Great Britain and Italy
6. So-called crisis of the 14th century: Southern gothic style and importance of the Kingdom of Aragon.
7. 14th Century: Devotional and funerary sculpture: Art of the Ducal Courts of Burgundy and Claus Sluter.
8. 15th Century: Spain and the Court of the Catholic Monarchs.
9. Italy: Survival of Mosaics in the 13th Century: renowned painters of the 12th and 13th Century
10. Concepts of Sumptuary Art: Ivory, tapestry, gold and silver and its prominent position in the Middle Ages.

17191 Artistas, clientes y academias en la Edad moderna (Artists, Patrons and Academies in the Modern Age)


1. Ghiberti and Donatello: naturalism of the human body
2. Masaccio and Jan van Eyck: space, light and textures
3. Michelangelo: heroic figures
4. Botticelli and Leonardo: myths and emotions
5. Raphael: Classical Forms
6. Titian and his visual poems: colors and accidental style
7. Carracci: scholarly paintings
8. Caravaggio: presence of divinity
9. Rubens: fusion of Italy and Flanders
10. Bernini: unity of the visual arts

17192 Modelo clásico en la Arquitectura Moderna (The Classical Model in Modern Architecture)


1. Filippo Brunelleschi: Roman architecture: orders and typologies
2. Leon Battista Alberti: archeology and experimentation
3. Urbino: Ducal Palace
4. Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican: Pope’s basilica
5. Andrea Palladio: reconstruction of Classical Antiquity
6. Jacopo Vignola: return to Bramante and order
7. Francesco Borromini: modern imagination
8. Gianlorenzo Bernini: classical architecture
9. Jules Hardouin-Mansart: renovation of classic tradition in French architecture
10. Baldassarre Longhena: Venetian experiment

17202 Historia de las Teorías del Arte (History of Art Theory)


1. Art and theory in the Antiquity: Greece and Rome, philosophers and artists, Pliny and Vitruvius.
2. Art theory and practice in the medieval world.
3. Artistic literature in the Renaissance: Leonardo, Michelangelo and Giorgio Vasari.
4. Architectural treatises: Alberti and the Vitruvius editions and Palladio.
5. Classicism of the Academies in the 18th Century: Bellori and Poussin, the Paris Academy of Art.
6. Spain in the 18th Century: Painting theory, academic texts, travel books, dictionaries of art, treatises of military architecture and fortification.
7. J.J. Winckelmann

17201 Arte desde 1945 (Art Since 1945)


1. Informalist abstraction.
2. Art and culture of the masses: the Pop Art years.
3. Structures, processes and ideas from Post-Painterly Abstraction to Op Art.
4. Expansion of the frontiers of art: Post-minimalism, Povera, Land Art, Actionism, Body Art, Situationism, and Feminism.
5. Conceptual art: definitions and approximations.
6. Returning to post-modernity.
7. Art and new mediums: brief history of video art and experimental cinema, the Internet and digital art.
8. Artistic practices and policies at the turn of the century: Transnational capitalism and culture shows.

17199 Historia del cine (History of Film)


1. Introduction: making and workings of a film, defining cinematographic style and film format
2. Principal cinematographic tendencies since the 1920s
3. Classic Hollywood films since the arrival of sound
4. Movies with sound in Europe: films of dictatorships; realism; national cinema.
5. Italian cinema around neorealism.
6. The 1950s: the grand masters between the East and the West.
7. North American artistic and narrative cinema: New Hollywood and the New American Cinema

19253 Imagen Religiosa (Religious Image)

What is contemporary in contemporary art? A synthesized history of art criticism from the “painted word” to the “French Theory”, postmodernism, cultural logic of globalization, contemporary dispersion, and thesis about current art trends. This course focuses on art theory, practice and critique with the goal of determining the collapse or resurrection of art criticism. The theory will be put into practice through visits to galleries or museums, contemporary art exhibit critiques and analysis of a film about the dynamics of contemporary art.

Level: Fourth Year

19237 Historia y Teoría del Museo (History and Theory of the Museum)


This course is designed to offer an approximation of the role that exhibitions play in museums and other cultural institutions from the theory to the practice. Students will learn the current debates related to the question as well as the process of creating a temporary exhibition, the function of the curator and the rest of the professional profiles in an exhibition project, exhibition formulas, typologies, discursive roles, diffusion and communication about the exhibition to the public, etc. Theoretical knowledge will be expanded through visits to museums, case studies and contact with professionals in the sector.

Level: Fourth Year

19235 Arte Iberoamericano (Latin American Art)

” This course centers on the epistemological problems with the study of modern era art in the Ibero-American environment. The Spanish artistic models were imposed as a mark of colonization. The processes of assimilation and transformation on the other side of the Atlantic offer singular episodes in the history of art in which new identities were constructed that played a fundamental role in the art world. The chronicles illustrated by Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala and the images portrayed in the Museo de América will serve as points of analysis for the course. <br /><br />Level: Fourth Year

19256 -Edificios de la Edad Media Hispana (Buildings of Medieval Spain)

Style and functions of the grand buildings of the Spanish Romanesque period is studied through three periods: First Romanesque, Full Romanesque and Late Romanesque. The First Romanesque will be studied through the traditional architecture at San Miguel de Cuixá and San Vicente de Cardona. Full Romanesque will be studied in the Cathedral of Santiago, the Church of Santo Domingo de Silos and the 11th Century Basilical style in Spain. Late Romanesque will be studied at the Cathedral of Lérida, the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Monastery Churches of the Cistercians. Theory lectures will be reinforced with analysis of the sources and forms of each of the studied buildings.

19236 -VISUAL ARTS OF EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH-CENTURIES


Beginning with a historical introduction to the key periods of Europe in the 18th Century: Absolute Monarchy to Revolution, the Enlightenment, Late Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism, the course evaluates the significant artistic movements of the time. Italy, England, France and Spain were hubs for artistic and architectural movements from the Neapolitan painters of Italy to the “Castizo” architecture and Bourbonic Classicism of Spain. Theoretical lectures are supported by essays, oral presentations and the ability to study first-hand examples in Madrid.

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