Spanish Golden Age: from the glories of Medieval Islam to a Golden Age
Begins: Wednesday 31 October 2018
Until: Wednesday 28 November 2018
- Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
- Lecturer: Dr Jacqueline Cockburn
This course will unravel the extraordinary period of Spanish cultural history known as the Golden Age. It will start with a study of the exquisitely cultural Spain which had been conquered by the Moors in 711 and inhabited by them until the gradual pushback from the Christians which ended in 1492. The Catholic Kings, Ferdinand and Isabella, banished the Moors yet remnants of their culture survived and were preserved and emulated by new richer generations which found and conquered territories abroad. The Golden Age began at the same time as the Inquisition enforced its laws and the Catholic Church thrived. All this is visible in the architecture, painting and sculpture of the period.
Week 1. Moorish Spain: Architecture and History, Córdoba Mosque
Week 2. The Reconquest and start of the Golden Age
Week 3. A New Spain: El Greco in Toledo and Spanish Still Life Painting in the Golden Age
Week 4. The Dominance of the Church: Zurbarán, Ribera, Murillo and polychrome sculpture
Week 5. A Golden Painter: Velázquez in the Kitchen in Seville and at Court in Madrid
Dr Jacqueline Cockburn lectured on European Art at Birkbeck for twenty years specialising in Spanish Art, having completed her PhD in both the Spanish and History of Art departments. She has led the History of Art department at Westminster School for many years and is now freelance lecturing in London, at Christie’s Education amongst other institutions. She runs her own business, Art and Culture Travel, which specialises in residential courses on Spanish art based in Andalucía.