El Greco to Goya: Spanish painting in focus ADED11611

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides an introduction to the fascinating development of Spanish painting through the works of five outstanding artists who enjoyed international renown. Each week we will look at a different artist: El Greco, Velazquez, Zurbaran, Murillo and Goya, exploring their work in its social and historical context with reference to major examples in European and British national and public collections.


Block 3

Weeks 6-10

Two hours per week for five weeks



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses




Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide an introduction to painting in Spain from c.1570-1830.

■ Introduce the principal themes and styles of painting which developed during this period through the work of five major artists based in the cities of Toledo, Seville and Madrid.

■ Introduce and analyse key examples of these artists' paintings.

■ Consider developments in Spanish painting in the context of European art.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Discuss the main themes and stylistic developments in Spanish painting from c.1570-1830 and their relation to western European painting.

■ Distinguish between the work of the five outstanding artists studied and the subjects they specialised in.

■ Demonstrate skills in art-historical research methods.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.