Hispanic Arts of Design, 1300–1900





This course surveys the decorative arts in Spain (and, to a lesser extent, Portugal and Latin America) from the late Middle Ages to the arrival of modernism. Lectures alternate with gallery sessions at the Hispanic Society of America. Lectures will emphasize broad phenomena in the context of Spanish architecture, painting, sculpture, and retablo (altar ensemble) design. A particular concern is the hybrid Christian-Islamic-Jewish culture of the late Middle Ages and its role in Spanish art after 1492 (Mudéjar style, etc.). Gallery sessions (principally at the Hispanic Society of America) will investigate individual media in depth, including ironwork, silver- and goldsmith’s work (orfevrerie), jewelry, and ars sacra; secular and ecclesiastical furniture; Hispano-Moresque lusterware, other types of ceramics, and tiles; glass; and textiles. Special emphasis is given to Latin American colonial decorative arts. 3 credits.