Spanish Art and Identity: 1800-2000

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Between 1800 and 2000 Spain’s tumultuous history careered from an Enlightened period of Liberalism into more wars and eventually entry into the European Union. The course will consider how this fascinating history of an ever-changing national identity is reflected in the Art of the period, exploring the work of artists such as Goya, Picasso, Juan Munoz, Cristina Iglesias and Antoni Tàpies.

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Course Leader
Jacqueline Cockburn

Jacqueline Cockburn is Managing Director of Art and Culture Andalucia running residential courses in Andalucía, Southern Spain in the art and culture of the region. She lectures at the V&A, The Royal Academy, The Art Fund, The London Art History Society and is accredited by The Arts Society. Her specialist field is Spanish Art.

Thank you, all, for a nourishing and inspiring series of classes. It is a privilege to participate in the V&A’s offerings from afar. V&A Academy Student - Spring 2022

Course overview

The struggle from Liberalism to Democracy, resistance to acceptance on a European stage, has been a long one for Spain, a country which has emerged from civil war and loss. Out of the embers of Islamic Spain via a reconquest and a so-called ‘Golden Age,’ Spain embraced an Enlightenment. This course will consider how painters, sculptors and architects have reflected a New Spain, integrated into Europe, and yet maintaining its own identity, languages and regional styles.


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Online course: Spanish Art and Identity: 1800-2000

1 November 2022 - 6 December 2022


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