Fall 2023 Spanish UN3361 section 001



Call Number 13148
Day & Time
R 9:10am-11:00am
206 Casa Hispánica
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Alessandra Russo
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

Between 1400 and 1600, in the context of the Iberian conquest and colonization of the “four parts of the world," artifacts were looted, melted, and destroyed; other objects traveled between continents in physical and textual forms. They were sent and offered as proof of the new territories, desired and collected. The powerful subtlety of unexpected artistic forms, media, and monuments triggered a new space of inquiry. Novel materials, techniques, and ideas about artistry were observed far and near—in the Americas, in Asia, in Africa, and in Europe. They were also described, compared and analyzed in letters, histories, or inventories. All around a sphere that could now be mentally embraced, missionaries, collectors, historians, and artists felt under the power of novel creations: intricate shell jewelries, wood and stone sculptures, turquoise masks, feather mosaics, painted manuscripts and folding screens, ivory spoons, carved temples, monumental cities, and so on. These splendid artworks deeply challenged conceptual boundaries such as those between: idol and image, beautiful and frightening, civilized and barbarian, center and periphery, classic and modern, and ancient and new. The artworks and their descriptions contributed to define humanity as immanently creative and to conceive artistic creation as a distinctive form of thought. Section 001 will be taught in Spanish; section 002 will be taught in English.

Web Site Vergil
Department Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Enrollment 8 students (15 max) as of 5:08PM Sunday, July 14, 2024
Subject Spanish
Number UN3361
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20233SPAN3361W001