UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Closed

Spanish Art

Burgos, Madrid, Salamanca, Bilbao, Santander - Spain

Arrive Date: July 3, 2016    End Date: July 30, 2016

Program Overview

This program explores the multiple legacies of Spanish art from the Paleolithic cave art of Altamira in Santander, to the post-modern Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. The centuries-long Arab influence in Spain, along with the works of painters like El Greco, Velázquez, Picasso, and Dalí are a testimony to Spain’s multicultural profile. Flamenco dance and bullfighting owe their features to this plural past. We will experience Spanish art by visiting Burgos’ Romanesque monasteries and Gothic Cathedral. We will visit Salamanca, Madrid, Bilbao and Santander. During the last week of the program we will live in Santander, a city known for its beautiful beaches and prehistoric art. Living in Burgos, a quintessential Castilian city, and in Santander offers a rich perspective of the geographic and artistic diversity of Spain.

Instructor:  Cristina Martínez-Carazo

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  28

Program Coordinator:  Jennifer Moylan

Info Session Presentation


Spanish (SPA) 143Spanish Art (4 units)

Spanish (SPA) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights
  • Travel to Madrid to visit the Royal Palace, and the Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen museums.
  • Travel to Bilbao and San Sebastian to visit the Guggenheim museum, the most impressive piece of modern architecture in Spain.
  • Spend a week in Santander at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, the most emblematic summer University of Spain, living with students from all ove the world and enjoying the most impressive beaches of Spain.