The Arts Of The Viceroyalties Of The Spanish Empire (1522-1810)

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.


Group Leader: MARIA LUISA MANSFIELD
Venue: Online
Meets on: Mondays 10:00 am to noon
Starting: 1/31/2022
Sessions: 7
Class Size: 25
Teaching Style: Lecture with questions
Weekly Preparation: 2 hours
Group Leader Biography:

Maria Luisa F. Mansfield obtained her Ph.D. in Fine Arts and Middle East Studies (1988) and received her Licence ès-Lettres et Maîtrise (MA) from L’Université de Genève. Mansfield lived and studied in Mexico for eight years and traveled extensively in Spanish America. She lectured at the UNAM (Mexico D.F.) and has published several articles about Mudéjar elements in Spanish American architecture. Mansfield also spent two years at The American University in Cairo and was a professor of Islamic art and architecture at Universidad Simón Bolívar - Caracas, Venezuela. She was a researcher at the Center for Urban Development Studies (GSD – Harvard University), consultant to The Institute for International Urban Development in Cambridge, MA, and an instructor at Harvard Extension School.