Summer Abroad Spain

Spanish Art

Burgos, Madrid, Salamanca, Bilbao, Santander - Spain

Arrive Date: TBD   End Date: TBD

Program Overview

This program explores the relation among Spanish art, culture and politics at different points in history and the way cultures determine artistic representations. The arrival in Spain of the Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, and French among others shaped the cultural and artistic legacies of the country and determined what Spain is today. Similarly, the works of Spanish master painters (Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Picasso, and Dalí) clearly show the impact of politics on Spanish art. Cultural manifestations like flamenco and bullfighting could only be understood as a result of the multicultural background of the country. We will experience firsthand the interaction between art, culture and politics by visiting some of the most emblematic cities of Spain—Madrid, Burgos, Salamanca, Bilbao and Santander—and exploring their museums, monuments and traditions.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  28

Program Coordinator:  Jennifer Moylan


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 two weeks 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.

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