FAH390Y0 Seville: Twenty Centuries of Art History

This course will explore facets of Spain’s rich artistic tradition by placing a special emphasis on Seville’s very own unique and extensive art history. We will survey artistic trends and developments across twenty centuries in Seville, beginning with the Antiquarium Roman ruins and ending with architect Santiago Calatrava’s contemporary Alamillo Bridge. Seville’s varied artistic history will allow us to examine Roman monuments, Islamic palaces, and Gothic cathedrals. We will also analyze works by many of Spain’s greatest painters and architects. Weekly site visits and field trips will allow students to use Seville’s rich cultural heritage as a sort of “laboratory” where they will be able to engage with the material covered in class in a meaningful way.

Prerequisites: None
BR = 1

Field Trips: This course will include field trips to Seville’s Cathedral, Royal Palace and Antiquarium (Roman ruins) and the Metropol Parasol.  There will also be excursions to a local market, local beach, an olive oil factory, a flamenco show.  The program will conclude with a two-night, three-day trip to Córdoba and Granada during which students will visit Alhambra, the famous Moorish fortress of Spain and one of the most visited monuments in the world. The cost of these field trips is CAD$630, paid to U of T for all entrance fees, transportation, tours and guides.

Instructor: Eric Davis was born in Laramie, Wyoming and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. He has a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Kansas and a Master´s degree in Art from the University of Seville (La Facultad de Bellas Artes de Sevilla). He is currently doing his doctorate in that same Seville University. He has worked as an artist painting in Seville since 1992 and has taught Art and Art History to international students in several university programs in Seville. He has also worked as a tour guide in Spain and in Africa for the past five years.

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