This course looks at the conquest and colonization of Spanish America, a unique and extraordinary undertaking by the Spanish Crown begun in 1492. In less than a century, Spain extended its dominions north to the Rio Bravo and south to Patagonia, creating Viceroyalties as it went along to enhance its colonies. The Spaniards destroyed cities and temples, but they also rebuilt old cities, founded new ones, and erected cathedrals and palaces.
During the 16th century, artistic expressions and architectural forms not seen previously in Europe emerged. An original style, Tequitqui, was born, and other styles were applied to buildings and paintings, including Gothic, Mudéjar and Plateresque. By the end of the 16th century, the splendid Baroque style became dominant. Later, the dazzling Churrigueresque appeared. Painting was highly influenced by Spanish and Flemish great masters, but the Viceroyalties created their own painting schools and dynasties.
This is the story of the artistic achievements of “the empire on which the sun never sets," the Spanish Empire of King Charles I of Spain / Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire.
Class 1 - Jan 31 - Part 1
Class 4 - Feb 28 *Recording of second half of class not available