Islamic Art and Architecture of Spain and its Impact

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Art History
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
Spanish
Contact Hours: 
45
Prerequisites: 

Basic knowledge of descriptive terminology for art and architecture.

Description: 

Study of art, architecture, ornamentation, and design. Topics covered include an introduction to Islamic Art, the Moorish tradition in North Africa and Spain, and the Mudéjar tradition in Christian Spain. Includes several visits to monuments in Andalusia.

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Attendance policy: 

Attendance is mandatory for all IES Abroad classes, including course related excursions. Any exams, tests, presentations, or other work missed due to student absences can only be rescheduled in cases of documented medical or family emergencies. If a student misses more than three classes in any course 3% of the final class grade will be deducted for every unjustified student absence. Six absences in any course will result in a failing grade.

Learning outcomes: 

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

  • Distinguish the main characteristics of the art and architecture from the different periods of al-Andalus
  • Know in depth both of the most important monuments in al-Andalus: the Cordoba Mosque and the Alhambra of Granada
  • Demonstrate knowledge about  the historical, cultural and urbanistic evolution of Granada, from al-Andalus to Carlos V.
Method of presentation: 

Two 90-minute classes per week, including lectures and visits to sites and museums.  

Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Student participation - 15%
  • Mid-term exam - 20%
  • Final exam - 30%
  • Weekly journal entries on the visits - 35%
content: 

Week

Content

Visit

Week 1

Brief introduction to the history of Al-Andalus (8th-15th centuries)

Introduction to Islamic art and architecture terminology

Alcaicería, Corral del Carbón

Week 2

Andalusia art and architecture: styles and influences

Museo de la Alhambra

Ruta del Agua. Aljibe del Rey y Bañuelo

Week 3

The Umayyad Emirate (8th and 9th centuries): The Córdoba Mosque and the creation of the andalusian umayyad art: Sevilla, Mérida, Bobastro

 

Week 4

The Umayyad Caliphate (10th century): The Córdoba Mosque and Madinat al-Zahra’: Fortresses and bridges; town-planning, architectonic decoration and artistic handcraft.

Albaicín

Córdoba and Madinat al-Zahra’

Week 5

The Taifa Kingdoms (11th century)

 

Week 6

The Almoravids and Almohades (11th, 12th and 13th centuries): fortresses and castles

 

Week 7

The Nasrids (part I): the Alhambra: from a fortresses to a palatine city; nasrid architecture in the city, urban art and architectonic decoration, rural and palatine art and architectonic decoration   of the Grenadian Sultanate.Hammams.

Generalife

Week 8

The Nasrids (part II): the Alhambra: from a fortresses to a palatine city; nasrid architecture in the city, urban art and architectonic decoration, rural and palatine art and architectonic decoration   of the Grenadian Sultanate. Hammams.

Alhambra (Nasrid Palaces)

Week 9

The Mudéjar art

Ruta del Mudéjar

Palacio de Dar-al-Horra y El Salvador

Week 10

Arabic calligraphy workshop

 

Week 11

Art and architecture in Al-Andalus after the Christian Conquest

Royal Pantheon and Cathedral

 

Required readings: 
  • AA.VV., La Alhambra y el Albaicín. Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Granada, Edilux, 2002.
  • AA.VV. Siete paseos por la Alhambra. Granada, Proyecto Sur de Ediciones, 2007.
  • Borrás Gualis, Gonzalo M., El Islam. De Córdoba al mudéjar. Madrid, Sílex, 2003.
  • Barrucand, Marianne y Bednoz, Achim, Arquitectura islámica en Andalucía, Colonia [et al.], Taschen, 2004.
  • Romero Sánchez, Guadalupe y Marcos Cobaleda, María. Cuaderno de visitas de Arte y Arquitectura Islámicos. Granada: Fundación IES Granada, 2013.
  • Almagro, A. "La arquitectura en al-Andalus en torno al año 1000. Madinat al-Zahra," en La Península Ibérica en torno al año 1000. VII Congreso de Estudios Medievales, Ávila: Fundación Sánchez-Albornoz, D.L. 2001, pp. 167-191.
  • Martínez Enamorado, V. "Una administración al servicio de un califa ausente," en Andalucía en la Historia. (Sevilla), 1 (Enero 2003), pp. 15-21.
  • Navarro, J. y Jiménez, P. "Casas y Palacios de al-Andalus. Siglos XII y XIII" en Casas y Palacios de al-Andalus. Siglos XII y XIII. Granada, El Legado Andalusí (1995) pp. 17-32.
  • Navarro, J. y Jiménez, P. "Evolución del paisaje urbano andalusí: de la medina dispersa a la saturada," en Paisaje y naturaleza en al-Andalus. Fátima Roldán Castro (coord.), Granada, Fundación El legado andalusí (2003), pp. 232-267.
  • Orihuela, A. "Granada, capital del reino nazarí," en Casas y Palacios de al-Andalus. Siglos XII y XIII, López Guzmán, R. (coord.), Granad,: El Legado Andalusí (1995), pp. 195-209.
  • Roser-Owen, M. "Los amiríes, mecenas de la cultura," en Andalucía en la Historia. (Sevilla), 1 (Enero 2003), pp. 28-33.