This online gallery serves as a supplement to the corresponding Spanish Art tour that is offered at the MFA. With a particular focus on artists such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya.
Art has always flourished on the Iberian Peninsula. For centuries, Spain has been one of the world’s leaders in art and culture. Spanish art has been influenced by the Moors in the Andalucia region of southern Spain. This leadership is apparent in cities such as Seville, Cordoba and Granada. Other influences include French and Italian, especially prevalent during the Baroque and Neoclassical periods. Spain boasts hundreds of world-renowned painters, the most famous of which are Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya.
Learning goals: In exploring this gallery, students will:
- Become familiar with a brief history of the timeline of Spanish art, including past and present influences, as well as where the art is heading today.
- Consider some of the country's most renowned artists and examples of their notable works.
- Develop language comprehension, as well as art-specific vocabulary.
- This discovery will require students to: Look closely and make visual observations about art, express their ideas and share them with either peers and generate hypotheses and observations based on prior knowledge of history and social sciences.
Using this resource: Language teachers will be able to use this tour as a fun and exciting way to bring new vocabulary into their classrooms, as well as begin to use art as a way to stimulate discussions in Spanish. Social Studies teachers will find this resource interesting due to the long connection and patronage that Spanish painters have enjoyed with the Royal Court. Visual art teachers will be able to focus on only one region’s artistic canon, and follow trends and patterns that have defined a society through generations.
For relevant supplementary materials and classroom activities, refer to the web links posted under Related Resources at the bottom of this page.
The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web source--or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries--to look for other objects that will provide further insights into this topic.