Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Latin America
The epithet "Golden Age" is commonly used to describe the art and literature of seventeenth-century Spain. Ironically, the complex paintings of Diego Velázquez, harbingers of Manet’s modernity, were produced during the decline of Spain and its Empire in Europe and the Americas. These individual artistic achievements are inextricable from an understanding of a global history and the trans-Atlantic migration of images. This course will trace the mutual impact of conquest on the visual cultures of Spain and Latin America, examine Spanish art in relation to religious, economic and political change in early modern Europe, and conclude with Goya’s contribution to the myth of Spain’s isolation from the European Enlightenment.
This course fulfills the following Major requirements: Geographical areas (A) or (C) depending on paper topic and Chronological period (II).