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Undergraduate Course: Velázquez in context (HIAR10078)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory of Art Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course aims to give students an understanding of the career of Velázquez as painter, courtier and agent to Philip IV in the context of 17th century Spanish culture. His entire oeuvre is examined, from his early still life paintings and religious works dating from his period in Seville to his final great works at the court of Philip IV in Madrid. While focus is on Velázquez, the course does not consider his work in isolation: the contributions Velázquez made to all genres of painting (still-life, portraiture and history painting) invites comparison with other artists (including non-Spanish painters), such as Aertson, Beuckelaer, Antonis Mor, Titian, Tintoretto and Rubens. Velázquez= innovative approaches to painting inevitably demand consideration of theoretical writings (for instance by Pacheco, Carducho or Boschini). The course is interdisciplinary in the sense that dynamics between poetry, theatre, music and the visual arts at the Spanish court, as practiced by Velázquez, are explored. One seminar concentrates on the dialogue between the poets Gongora and Quevedo, the playwright Calderón de la Barca and Velázquez. We also consider the role of music and instruments in Velázquez= work. Velázquez= special relationship with Philip IV and his role as agent, who selects and purchases works of art on behalf of the King, are addressed in a separate seminar. The subject of patronage and the artist=s status is revisited in a seminar dedicated to Velázquez= chef d=oeuvre Las Meninas. This painting in particular stimulates critical discussion on different methodological approaches to Velázquez= art. The final sessions consider Velázquez in relation to French and British nineteenth-century painting and the impact the artist made on the art of the 20th century with particular reference to Picasso.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Architectural History 2A (ARHI08002) AND History of Art 2 (HIAR08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralSeminar1-11 14:00 - 15:50
First Class First class information not currently available
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Velázquez in context2:00
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralSeminar1-11 14:00 - 15:50
First Class Week 1, Tuesday, 14:00 - 15:50, Zone: Central. Venue: Geddes Room, Minto House
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- Knowledge of the development of the career of Velázquez
- Connoisseurship of Velázquez work: visual and analytical skills to date and identify a work by Velázquez, or in the manner of Velázquez
- Understanding and awareness of the cultural and historical context in Spain during the Golden Age; ability to place and consider Velázquez= career within this context.
- Comprehension of the dynamics between an artist and his patrons in early modern Europe.
- Understanding of Velazquez= influence on later artists
- Critical engagement with scholarship on Velázquez and the different methodological approaches to his work
- Ability to make connections between art history and other disciplines
Assessment Information
1 x two hour examination paper (50%) and 1 extended essay (50%)

Visiting Student Variant Assessment
2 x 2000 word essays
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Course organiserMiss Claudia Heide
Tel: (0131 6)51 1782
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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