DescriptionThis course presents the fascinating story—as told through visuals of art, architecture, and archaeological treasures—of three iconic Spanish cities: Barcelona, the cosmopolitan seaport and center of Catalan identity in the northeast; Madrid, the centrally located Castilian capital, with its wealth of museums and public buildings; and Granada, the ancient Moorish capital of southern Spain, home to the splendid Alhambra palace complex.
Each session will explore the special character of these three cities while setting them in the context of important periods of Spanish cultural history. Granada will serve as a touchstone for examining the Islamic heritage of medieval Spain. Madrid, and the nearby monastery/palace of El Escorial, will take us to the Golden Age of the Spanish Renaissance and the Baroque Period, when the city reflected the riches of a worldwide empire. Our look at Barcelona will focus on the innovative buildings of Antoni Gaudi, exemplar of Catalan Modernisme (known elsewhere as Art Nouveau), and examine how this forwardlooking city nurtured modern artists such as Pablo Picasso and native son, Joan Miro.
Art historian Allan Kohl has taught courses on ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where he also serves as Visual Resources Librarian. His previous LearningLife courses include historical celebrations of baseball and American popular culture, the art of the Civil War, and the art and design history of New York City. His “Grand Tour” city series includes explorations of Florence, Venice, Rome, Paris, London, Athens, Vienna, and Istanbul.
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